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Flooding washes through parts of Kansas City

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Posted at 9:21 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 00:03:30-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 6:02 p.m. | An Areal Flood Warning covering the Kansas City region has been extended until 3:15 a.m. on Friday morning.

The Flash Flood Warning was allowed to expire, but with more than 3 inches of rain in a three-hour span the risk for ongoing flooding issues remains for east-central Wyandotte County, eastern Johnson County, Kansas, northern Cass County, central Clay County, southwestern Ray County, southwestern Lafayette County, Jackson County and northwestern Johnson County, Missouri.

5:04 p.m. | Heavy rains this week, especially Thursday morning and afternoon, led to widespread flooding in parts of the Kansas City area, including Westport as seen in this viewer-submitted video from Aaron Bush.

Torrential rains cause flooding near Westport

4:45 p.m. | Water has receded significantly in many areas where flash flooding was reported.

Surveillance video obtained by 41 Action News shows the area of Roanoke and 31st, near Southwest Boulevard, where cars drove through high water.

The owner of a nearby business said a semi truck helped some stranded cars out of the water.

3:30 p.m. | MoDOT reports high water on Interstate 70 near Broadway Boulevard in downtown Kansas City.

MoDOT said it had crews on the scene and asked drivers to remember to "turn around, don't drown."

3:20 p.m. | The Clay County Sheriff's Office said water rose 1.5 feet in just 30 minutes near Northeast 137th Street & North Home Road.

Crews posted signs to warn drivers.

3:15 p.m. | KCPD said cars are stuck in high water at the following locations:

  • W. 42nd Terr & Wornall
  • 31st & Roanoke
  • 30th & SW Blvd.
  • Rockhill & Holmes

Water is reportedly covering the road at Lee's Summit Road and Phelps Road, and Gardner Avenue and Chouteau Trafficway, according to police.

KCPD has also received reports of manhole coverings cming off near 31st Street and Baltimore Avenus, and 75th Street and Troost Avenue.

3:07 p.m. | Rushing water is visible along Brush Creek near the Country Club Plaza.

3:05 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Grain Valley and surrounding areas along the Interstate 70 corridor until 6:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. | The Missouri State Highway Patrol said portions of roads in Ray County are covered in water.

People had to be rescued from a vehicle stuck on 73rd Street and Route Z is closed south of Orrick city limits due to high water.

2:50 p.m. | The Missouri Department of Transportation says high water has covered Interstate 35 just south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

2:45 p.m. | Kansas City, Missouri, police issued a warning to drivers not to drive through high water.

Police later tweeted a photo of a car that attempted to drive through water near Westport Road and Mill Street, and said they would be barricading the roads there.

High water has also been reported at Southwest Boulevard and 25th Street.

2:30 p.m. | The flash flood warning issued earlier by the National Weather Service has been extended to 5 p.m.

Portions of Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties in Missouri are affected.

PREVIOUS | Continued overnight and morning rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for portions of Jackson and Clay counties in Missouri.

The warning runs through 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

41 Action News Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak said more than two inches of rain has already fallen in some parts of the metro.

Those same parts of the metro are in a part of a line of storms that could stretch through most of the day, leading to an additional two more inches of rain in some areas.