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Heavy rain floods areas north of Kansas City metro

Posted at 7:03 PM, Oct 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-09 20:03:05-04

Early morning rain in Clay and Platte counties caused water to flood roadways and some people's yards.

Jason Greenfield moved to his home along B Highway in Edgerton seven years ago.

Thursday morning, he woke up early to storms.

"Probably about 1:40 a.m. or so, I woke up, heard heavy rain and I had trouble getting back to sleep so I looked outside and apparently it had rained for a while," Greenfield said.

Greenfield described a small river flowing in his backyard, leading over to his neighbor's pond.

"It just didn't stop. I thought it was going to stop but it just kept going until 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock," he said.

Greenfield said his rain gauge measured almost five inches on rain. He remembered back to the last time he saw this much rain. It was about six to seven years ago, when Greenfield said they received about nine inches of rain in a 24 hour period.

That was the last time the alarm went off on his septic system. Greenfield said when there's a lot of rain, the septic system will start forcing water back into the tank. He said it didn't happen, even though the alarm went off.

"I went out in the rain, popped the cover off just to make sure, but I knew it had rained a whole bunch."

Nearby KK Highway was flooded as well. Greenfield said it will be a day or two before that water recedes.

"If it rains heavy north of us or if it rains in this area, several inches real quick, it'll be under water."

Fortunately, for most areas in and around Smithville, the water receded and didn't cause too many problems.