Heavy rain collapses business roof in Garden City, floods streets

06/28/2014 9:48 AM

06/28/2014 9:49 AM

Water began receding from Garden City streets Saturday morning after an overnight storm dumped more than four inches of rain in a matter of hours, causing a roof to partially collapse and stranding motorists, authorities said.

The rain’s intensity picked about midnight and continued for several hours, dumping 4.37 inches of rain before ending, said Jesse Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

That was on top of three of inches of rain the area had earlier in the week.

“The ground was already saturated,” said Mike Paz-Torres, Finney County’s emergency management coordinator.

A flat roof on a business in the 500 block of Main Street partially collapsed, Paz-Torres said.

Streets were flooding over much of Garden City about 2:30 a.m. Water was reported to be entering cars and some businesses flooded, a NWS report said.

But by 5 a.m., the water started receding off the streets, Paz-Torres said.

North sections of Finney County saw numerous roads closed at one point, but all were open by later in the morning.

“There were about a dozen vehicles stranded,” Paz-Torres said, adding no one was hurt.

Rain pushed to the east, with 4.71 inches reported north of Ingalls in Gray County. The Dodge City airport had 1.44 inches.

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