Wichita and the surrounding area are under a flash flood watch through 7 a.m. Sunday. Sedgwick, Butler, Reno, Harvey, Kingman, Harper, Sumner and Cowley counties are included in the watch area.
A flood warning is in effect for Sedgwick County through 11:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita. Eisenhower National Airport was reporting more than 3.5 inches of rain by 9 p.m. Saturday, beating May 16’s previous 24-hour rainfall record of 2.69 inches set in 1951, the National Weather Service said.
Clusters of thunderstorms are expected to persist as the night progresses, forecasters said. Some could drop 1 to 2 inches of rain per hour.
The weather service also has issued a flood warning for Cowskin Creek at 119th Street for Sunday. Forecasters expect rainfall to push to creek to flood stage – 18 feet – by late Sunday morning and continue rising to near 18.3 feet by afternoon.
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Nearby neighborhoods could see flooding in their yards.
Thunderstorms dropping heavy rainfall caused some street flooding throughout Wichita on Saturday, especially in low-lying areas and those plagued with poor drainage.
Drivers who encounter such areas are encouraged to find alternate routes. Shallow, running water can wash vehicles from roadways.