Street flooding strands some Wichita motorists

For a place that is thirsty for rain, the Wichita area got some significant quenching Monday, and should get more today.

The rainfall also caused problems, with street flooding that stranded drivers, particularly in west Wichita, and weather that delayed Wichita school district bus routes, in some cases 30 to 45 minutes, according to emergency dispatchers and school officials. In some instances, visibility problems forced bus drivers to pull over, school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.

By about 6 p.m. Monday, the rainfall measured 1.63 inches at Wichita Mid Continent Airport. More rain was on the way after midnight and again today, said National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser.

“This isn’t going to bust the drought in general, but anything will help here,” Kleinsasser said.

So far this year, the Wichita area is about 9 inches below normal on rainfall, he said.

More showers are expected this morning, with measurable rainfall ending by mid- to late morning, he said. Then, he said, expect “fine drizzle all day long” and highs in the 50s.