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KC metro residents clean up from record-setting rainfall

Posted: 9:12 PM, Jun 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-23 23:28:22-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As of Sunday morning, more than 31 inches of rain have fallen at Kansas City International Airport since the start of the year, making the first half of 2019 the wettest start to a year in Kansas City history.

On Sunday there was evidence of the heavy rainfall all over the metro, from overflowing manhole covers at Blue Parkway and Elmwood in Kansas City to flooded basements in Sugar Creek.

Kim S. Schinkel showed 41 Action News how much damage it did to her roommate's bedroom.

"Because of the rain coming as fast as it did and as hard as it did, there was water in his room, which is downstairs," Schinkel said.

There was so much water you could wring it out from the sheets.

"I have more than a glimmer of hope that I may be able to salvage something," Schinkel said.

Over the past year, she has developed a good sense on when to expect this.

"Whenever you have flooding on 24 Highway you can pretty much take it to the bank that when you come down here to do laundry, there's going to be some places where the water is - in the very least - trickling," Schinkel said.

She's referring to the area near Northern Boulevard that 41 Action News has reported on time and time again. Whenever there's high water, it floods Fairmount Liquors.

Just last month, 41 Action News reported how the liquor store's owner, Thelma Jordan, is suing a number of entities, including the city of Sugar Creek, for not properly fixing a broken culvert underneath the road.

"There's obviously something wrong it needs to be addressed," Schinkel said.

The case is set to go to trial in the fall of 2020.

In the meantime, as mother nature helps Kansas City rewrite the record books, Schinkel says preparation is key.

"The most organized of people will find themselves really challenged by this sort of thing," she said.

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