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Monday rains leave parts of Kansas City drenched, underwater

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Jul 01, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bands of heavy rain moved through the Kansas City area late Monday morning and early Monday afternoon, dropping more than six inches of rainfall in spots.

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m. | The National Weather Service replaced the flash flood warning with a flood warning.

UPDATE, 3:12 p.m. | All Johnson County, Kansas, Parks and Recreation trails that are paved along creeks are closed due to flooding and debris. Cleanup efforts are underway.

The affected areas include Coffee Creek Streamway Park, Cedar Niles Park, Kill Creek Streamway Park and Mill Creek Streamway Park.

JCPRD said closures are expected through at least Wednesday, July 3.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m. | Sewers in the Kansas City area are working overtime as flooding concerns remain throughout the afternoon.

UPDATE, 1:28 p.m. | Lamar Avenue at Indian Creek Drive is one of many flooded spots in Overland Park.

Lamar Avenue at Indian Creek Drive

Emergency management crews are urging the public to "turn around, don't drown." Do not drive through areas of high water.

Lamar Avenue at Indian Creek Drive

The Overland Park Police Department continues to post updates on street closures on social media.

UPDATE, 12:42 p.m. | Leawood police say several roadways across the city are closed due to rising water: 8700 block of Lee Boulevard; 119th Street at Tomahawk Creek and Tomahawk Creek Parkway.

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Tomahawk Park

UPDATE, 12: 30 p.m | Overland Park police have closed a section of a frontage road along Interstate 35 due to water on the roadway.

Frontage road near W. 75th Street and Interstate 35 in Overland Park.

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m. | KSHB 41 viewer Steve Beebe is checking in from the No. 6 fairway at Falcon Valley Golf Course in Lenexa. Looks like golf might be hard to play today.

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Flooding on Falcon Valley Golf Course on Monday, July 1, 2024 in Lenexa, Kansas

It's also slow going near Mission Hills Golf Club.

Prairie Village police report high water along Brush Creek on Mission Drive.

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m. | KSHB 41 Weather's Lindsey Anderson says several locations in the southern half of the area have now received in excess of five inches of rain over the last several hours.

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UPDATE, 12:10 p.m. | Overland Park fire fighters say crews have rescued a number of people from flooded vehicles after flash flooding in the area of 124th Street and Nall Avenue.

UPDATE, 12 p.m. | Power has been restored at the Johnson County, Kansas, government offices at 6000 Lamar.

In Overland Park, police said all lanes are closed eastbound on W. 199th from Grant Street to Three Lakes Parkway due to flooding. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

UPDATE, 11:45 a.m. | Police in Blue Springs report parts of Interstate 70 have ponding water. Side roads are also dealing with areas of water.

Johnson County, Kansas, Emergency Management reports several water rescue and water assist calls have been made within the last 30 minutes across the county.

KSHB 41's Lindsey Anderson reports parts of Lenexa have received more than five inches of rain in the last three hours. An area along the south side of Interstate 435 from Lenexa east to southern Kansas City has also received in excess of three inches of rain in the last three hours.

UPDATE, 11:40 a.m. | It's not clear if it's weather-related, but the Johnson County government offices at 6000 Lamar are closed due to a power outage.

UPDATE, 11:35 a.m. | The National Weather Service just activated cell phone notifications for some residents as rain continues to fall across the area.

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UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. | We're hearing some reports on the scanner of high water along Indian Creek in Overland Park and south Kansas City. So far, no injuries reported.

The rain continues to fall in southern Overland Park.

UPDATE, 11:15 a.m. | KSHB 41 meteorologist Jeff Penner just checked in from a water-logged southern Overland Park:

UPDATE, 11:10 a.m. | Douglas County emergency management officials spotted a tree that lost its footing due to the soggy conditions Monday morning:

UPDATE, 11 a.m. | Police in Lenexa report several areas of high water have formed from this morning's rain:

The National Weather Service has included Johnson County, Wyandotte County, south-central Leavenworth County and northern Miami County in Kansas.

Missouri's Jackson County and northern Cass County are included, too.

Some areas have received up to 3.5 inches of rain already with an additional 0.5-1.5 inches possible, per NWS.

Residents are asked to remain aware of flooding near creeks and streams as well as highways, streets and other low-lying areas.

Further west, some low-lying areas in Douglas County, Kansas, have prompted a flash flood warning.