Lansing escapes flooding problems
Lansing avoided the brunt of weekend storms that brought flooding to parts of Leavenworth County, but volunteer firefighters from the city were kept busy responding to water-rescue calls throughout the area.
A storm that dumped up to 8.75 inches of rain on parts of the county and caused creeks and streams to overflow their banks had limited impact on Lansing.
"We escaped," said Public Works director John Young. "Our neighbors to the north had some problems, but we did not have any serious problems reported."
A rain gauge at the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant measured a combined total of 1.7 inches of precipitation Saturday and Sunday, said Tony Zell, wastewater utility director.
The moderate rainfall in the city didn't keep Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 firefighters from being pushed to the limit.
Starting at 4:24 a.m. Sunday and continuing through Monday morning, firefighters responded to nine high-water rescues or evacuations, Fire Chief Rick Huhn said.
The district is a member of the Leavenworth County Mutual Aid Association and responded to calls as far away as Easton.
Huhn said several calls were related to vehicles driving into high water and being swept off roads by rushing water.
The District No. 1 firefighters also assisted with the relocation of residents from the Country Care nursing home in Easton to the Country Care on Broadway nursing home in Leavenworth.
The heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding caused authorities to close most every east-west road in rural areas of the county. The lone exceptions were the Kansas Turnpike and U.S. Highway 24-40 in the southern end of the county, although high water approached both roads at Stranger Creek.
Just north of Lansing, in downtown Leavenworth, several shops were closed Monday because of flooding.
The area flooding caused Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to include Leavenworth County in a state of emergency declaration along with Jefferson, Jackson and Shawnee counties. The declaration authorized six state agencies to provide assistance, including the Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.