Archive for Monday, April 27, 2009

Basehor escapes storm destruction

April 27, 2009

Saturday's powerful storm caused damage to many areas of Kansas, but Basehor escaped its clutches.

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley said the department had no reports of structural damage or damage to any property in the city. Martley said the biggest concern within the city during the weekend was the potential for flooding. Flash flood warnings were issued, but no roads were closed because of high water, and no flood damage had been reported, Martley said. Also, Martley said he had not heard of any trees or power lines down as a result of the storm.

As a precautionary measure, the city opened its storm shelter for people seeking cover, but the full effects of the storm did not reach Basehor.

Other parts of Leavenworth County weren’t as lucky. Saturday's storm caused damage to eight homes in the county, with a total of $479,000 in structural damage, said Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha.

Flooding has been concentrated along Stranger Creek, but the water has started to recede, Magaha said.

"All of the gravel roads that run along Stranger (Creek) are still under water, but all of the main paved roads will be OK,” Magaha said. “The water level is dropping rapidly."

Rain looms in this week’s forecast, and the emergency management department is keeping a watchful eye on it. Magaha said in a favorable scenario, heavy rain would hold off until Friday to allow more time for water levels to go down.

It will take some time to determine the extent of the flood damage in the county.

Leavenworth County Emergency Management Deputy Director Debra Winetroub said the following Leavenworth County roads had been closed as a result of high water:

• 235th and Limit

• Hemphill Road east of U.S. Highway 24-40

• 182nd Street at Parallel Road

• 179th Street at Hog Creek

• 188th Street near 24-40

• 187th Street and Leavenworth Road

• 234th Street south of 24-40

• 211th Street north of McIntyre

• 214th and Loring at 9 Mile Creek

• 215th and Stranger Road

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