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Residents Encouraged to Take Precautions Due to Heavy Rains

9/9/2016
Contact: City Communicatons |

Wichita Public Works & Utilities reports a high number of streets were flooded intermittently overnight. The current street closures include:

  • Harry from McLean to Seneca
  • 31st St. South from Broadway to Seneca
  • Pawnee from Meridian to Sheridan
  • 3rd at Bleckley
  • 3rd at Hardin
  • Murdock at Battin
  • Murdock at Hardin
  • Pine at Hardin
  • Pine at Glendale
  • 119th from Taft to Mickey

The Wichita Police Department wants everyone to be safe when driving the city streets. This can be difficult in heavy rain and flooding situations. Here are some safety tips:

  • Don’t drive into high water. If water is covering the markings on the road it is too deep.
  • Slow down. You want to leave at least five seconds of following distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Stay home if possible. If you don’t have to get out, wait until the storm has passed.

Public Works also reports the Four Mile Creek sewage treatment plant at 159th east and Harry is struggling to keep up with the demand but is still operational. Crews are working to get extra capacity. However it is critical residents follow these guidelines:

  • Do not remove manhole covers in yards to drain the water.
  • Do not discharge sump pump water or pump any water into the sanitary sewer.

Public Works staff also report the Market Street Parking Garage is experiencing flooding that is impacting the elevators and lower floors. The garage and elevators are still usable. Crews continue to work on the cleanup.

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