Neosho River region flood warning, ‘turn around don’t drown’

Allen Co. Kan. Sheriff’s office remind, “driving your vehicle into water is not classified as an accident.”
Courtesy Allen County Kansas Sheriff’s office

ALLEN COUNTY, Kan. — After heavy thunderstorms overnight and continuing Wednesday the National Weather Service at Wichita, Kan. has issued a Flood Warning until Thursday afternoon.

The Flood Warning continues for the following in Kansas:

  • Neosho River near Chanute affecting Allen and Neosho Counties. Including Iola, Chanute, Erie, Parsons, Oswego.

National Weather Service current hydrograph for Neosho River at Iola, Kan. Click image for current numbers.

The Allen County Sheriff’s office released an image of a water rescue dated June 1, 2022. A pickup in floodwaters only visible by the cab roof and a male standing on top.

“Just so we are clear, driving your vehicle into water is not classified as an accident. Having so many low-water bridges clearly marked (over 50), and often hearing ‘I’ve done this many times before,’ our sympathy meter and our pencils don’t even move. Seems like there is a phrase that keeps you, emergency responders, and tow vehicle operators out of the water, ‘turn around don’t drown’.” — ACSO

The National Weather Service reminds, “motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive cars through flooded areas. Do not drive around barricades. Nearly two feet of water will carry most vehicles away. Turn around, don’t drown.”

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