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After wet Wednesday, rain not expected again until Sunday (+video)

VIDEO: Heavy rains cause street flooding in Wichita

A line of morning thunderstorms flooded some Wichita streets and area roads. (Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle)
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A line of morning thunderstorms flooded some Wichita streets and area roads. (Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle)

The Wichita area received a good soaking Wednesday morning as waves of storms came through town, dumping multiple inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

At its Wichita location near Eisenhower National Airport, only 1.29 inches of rain were recorded, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the service.

In the northwest part of town, 2.04 inches of rain were recorded, she said. Around Kellogg and Hillside, 2.39 inches were recorded.

The rain Wichita received Wednesday will likely be the last in the area until Sunday evening, when a chance of showers and thunderstorms returns, Pearce said.

“It should be pretty dry until then, especially when we’re having highs in the upper 90s, around 100 for the weekend,” she said.

Heavy rainfall during the morning commute caused street flooding that closed many Wichita intersections – parts of town received more than 3 inches of rain on Wednesday.

Several traffic lights were out, and the water lifted several manhole covers off of their holes, the city said in a news release Wednesday morning.

By 7 p.m. Wednesday, all streets in Wichita had been reopened.

In Harvey County, storms around 6 a.m. left about 275 Westar customers in the Moundridge area without power shortly before 8 a.m.

As of 7:30 p.m., 33 customers around Moundridge and Haysville were still without power, but a Westar spokesperson said “several should be getting turned on” in the evening hours of Wednesday. Power was expected to be restored for everyone by 6 a.m. Thursday.

The rain prompted a flood warning for the central portion of Sedgwick County and southern Butler County through 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers received reports of vehicles stalled in the area of I-135 and westbound Kellogg.

The flooding did not necessitate any water rescues, an emergency dispatcher said Wednesday evening.

Despite the street flooding, he said, these showers are good news for an area that hasn’t seen much rain recently.

Ellsworth and Russell counties logged 3 to 4 inches of rain overnight, he said, but those areas have been so dry almost no flooding was reported.

“A lot of people are going to be pretty happy” with this rain, said Kevin Darmofal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Contributing: Stan Finger and Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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