Flood warning issued for Douglas County

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Post last updated at 12:07 p.m. Monday, July 1:

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Douglas County through 1 p.m. Monday as between 3 and 5 inches of rain had already fallen as of 10:18 a.m., according to the NWS in Topeka.

Excessive rainfall Monday morning has made some low-lying streets impassable. That includes North Second Street north of Locust Street, according to Lawrence police.

Roadways on parts of KU’s campus were also covered with rain Monday morning, according to KU police.

“Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring,” according to the NWS. “Streams continue to rise due to excess runoff from earlier rainfall.”

Lawrence, Baldwin City, Eudora, Lone Star, Pleasant Grove and Vinland will experience flooding, according to NWS.

Emergency responders and NWS warn to “turn around, don’t drown” on flooded roads. “Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” according to NWS.

There’s a lot of rain in the forecast for the rest of the week, as well. Monday afternoon and evening are expected to be sunny and windy, but chances of showers and thunderstorms return Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday.

As of noon Monday, the NWS forecast showed a 50% chance of precipitation during the day Wednesday; 80% chance overnight Wednesday into Thursday; and a 40% chance on Thursday.

Douglas County Emergency Management posted this photo of flooding outside its offices in downtown Lawrence around 10:14 a.m. July 1, 2024.
Kaydi Rudisell Watson Park at 727 Kentucky St. is flooded, July 1, 2024.
KU police posted this photo of the view of Bob Billings Parkway from the Public Safety Building at 1501 Crestline Drive, taken at 9:55 a.m. July 1, 2024.
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Severe weather resources

National Weather Service local office (Topeka):
 Find the latest weather forecast info and severe weather advisories for the Lawrence area at this link.

In the event of rapidly changing severe weather, such as tornadoes, the NWS posts frequent updates on Twitter, @NWSTopeka. You do not need a Twitter account to see tweets from NWS.

NWS is also on Facebook, facebook.com/NWSTopeka.

 Call 785-234-2592 to hear the forecast.

Douglas County Emergency Management:
Follow @DgCoEM on Twitter or Douglas County, KS- Emergency Management on Facebook, facebook.com/dgcoem.

Sign up to receive emergency alerts at dgcoks.org/emalerts.

Find lots of tips on severe weather and other emergency preparedness on DgCoEM’s website at douglascountyks.org/emergency-management.

Report storm damage (for non-emergencies only, and after storm danger has passed) by calling the nonemergency dispatch line at 785-843-0250 or 785-832-7509.

Evergy outages:
Check the status of power outages on the Evergy outage map, outagemap.evergy.com.

Report a power outage at evergy.com/report-outage, or call 800-544-4857.

For down powerlines, call 911.

City of Lawrence snow info:
The city has snow information and a map at lawrenceks.org/snow that shows information about road conditions and snow plow locations. The city typically begins snow and ice control for residential roadways when 2 or more inches of snowfall or icing occurs.

Air quality:
Check the current air quality index in Lawrence and elsewhere through AirNow, airnow.gov.

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