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Delivery driver rescued from flooded Cass County road

Flood Warnings remain in affect across KC area
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Posted at 2:40 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 15:40:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A motorist who became stranded in high water was rescued Friday morning in Cass County.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office’s Disaster Emergency Response Team assisted rescue crews from the East Lynne and Harrisonville fire departments around 9 a.m. after a delivery van became trapped by high water near East 239th Street and South Old Drum Road east of Gunn City, according to the sheriff’s office.

Swamped roads delayed the emergency response.

A resident near the scene had rescued the driver using a large tractor before recovery teams removed the vehicle.

There were no injuries, but Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber said it’s a good reminder not to drive across flooded roads.

“It is never safe to drive into flood waters,” Weber said in a statement. “The power of water can easily sweep a vehicle off the road or collapse a road without warning.”

The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Warning for Bates County, Cass County, Lafayette County, southeastern Ray County and southwestern Carroll County until 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The Flood Warning has been extended until 1:45 a.m. for southeastern Jackson County — including Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Buckner, Lone Jack and Levasy.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Missouri River at Sibley, Napoleon, Miami and Waverly.

There is also a Flood Warning in effect for the Platte River in Atchison and Leavenworth counties in Kansas along with Platte and Buchanan counties in Missouri.

Henry County is under a Flood Warning through 10:30 p.m.