Flooding causes more problems as tornado cleanup continues in the 4-States
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Officials, law enforcement and residents are dealing with flooding in the 4-State area. In southeast Kansas, officials cancelled school today in Pittsburg due to the weather. Authorities have closed off several roads in Crawford County due to storm damage or rising waters.
Many are also cleaning up after high winds and a brief tornado hit late Monday afternoon.
KOAM Chief Meteorologist Doug Heady alerted viewers shortly after 4:00 pm of a tornado warning with possible rotation near Weir, Kansas.
Around 4:20 pm, a spotter saw a tornado near Carona in Cherokee County.
Around 4:23 pm, a tornado was also reported on the ground near Chicopee in Crawford County.
The storms damaged homes, outbuildings, trees and power lines.
The damage includes structures in south Pittsburg. City officials said search and rescue crews and local first responders checked homes to make sure everyone was accounted for. No injuries have been reported.
At one point Monday evening, more than 2,000 customers were without power in the Pittsburg area. That number went down to around 200 by noon today.
Pittsburg State University officials say the roof of Grubbs Hall sustained damage and the building is taking on stormwater as rains continue.
On Monday, officials closed parts of 220th St. (Langdon Lane), 510 Avenue, and 260th (Opolis Rd) because of damage.
Several roads are still closed, also because of flooding. Flooding will continue to be a problem, drivers are encouraged to check their route as road conditions change.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office shared photos of Free King Highway and 240th on the east side of Pittsburg – both have areas covered in water.
In Labette County, the city of Parsons had several road closings. The Parsons Citizens on Road Conditions group said 36th and Southern, 37th and Southern, the Winway area and North 22nd Street are all affected by high waters.
In Cherokee County, law enforcement in Baxter Springs pulled one vehicle from high waters on Garfield between 21st and 20th. Authorities say the road may look deceiving, especially with the water across it. Police say many streets in town are impassibly or nearly impassable at this time.
Authorities and officials urge drivers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
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