Rain soaks Wichita area; flood warnings canceled

Courtesy of National Weather Service
Courtesy of National Weather Service

Heavy overnight rain prompted flood warnings in Wichita and the surrounding area through the morning commute.

But the flood warnings issued for eastern Sedgwick County – including portions of the city of Wichita – as well as portions of western Butler, eastern Sumner and western Cowley counties were all canceled before 9 a.m.

Although rainfall reports remained spotty prior to dawn on Wednesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Smith said reports of nearly 1.5 inches of rain were widespread in and around Wichita, with isolated totals even higher than that.

More than 4 inches of rain fell east-southeast of Belle Plaine and about 2.6 inches fell south of Derby, Smith said. Radar indicated more than 2 inches fell in parts of Butler County.

“In urban areas, where you’ve got lots of concrete, there’s nowhere for that water to go,” Smith said.

Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers reported no traffic issues for the morning commute as a result of the overnight rain.

Officially, 1.28 inches of rain was recorded at the weather service office in southwest Wichita, Smith said.

A thin band of thunderstorms brought more rain to the metropolitan area during the morning rush hour, but Smith said there should be a break in the rain until later on Wednesday.

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