KANSAS CITY, Kansas - This summer will mark 60 years since Kansas City saw some of its worst flooding on record.
But it doesn't take a record-setting flood to be dangerous or even deadly.
It was July of 1951 when the entire Armourdale neighborhood was underwater.
The Kansas River overflowed the dikes and spilled flood waters into the neighborhood.
Art Eickhoff now owns a hardware store in Armourdale.
He was 11 when the floods hit.
"My dad had 3 grocery stores down here in Armourdale and we lived in Argentine up on the hill," Eickhoff said. "We could see the water from our front window. He lost all three stores.
The city's stockyards and industrial bottoms were underwater and phone lines were cut off.
Art got a typhoid fever shot as fears of the disease spread.
"That was the most painful shot I ever had and they did it at the Argentine High School,'' Eickhoff said. "There were big long lines, everyone crying. They did hurt.''
This was an extreme flood, only to be equaled in 1993 when the Missouri river crested at a record level of nearly 49-feet.
But it doesn't take an extreme flood to be dangerous.
It's dangerous during a flash flood to try and drive through high water.
Eighty percent of flash flood deaths occur in cars or trucks.
That's because just six inches of rapidly moving water can knock a person down.
And just two feet of water can float a large vehicle or even a boat.
One-third of flooded roads and bridges are so damaged by water than any vehicle trying to cross stands only 50 percent chance of making to the other side.
Ninety-five percent of those killed in a flash flood try to outrun the waters along their path rather than heading for higher ground.
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