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Heavy rain creates treacherous driving conditions; expect more to come

Watch the river that Bleckley Street becomes after the rain

Streets in Wichita neighborhoods turned into rivers after a line of thunderstorms moved slowly through the area. (Video by Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle)
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Streets in Wichita neighborhoods turned into rivers after a line of thunderstorms moved slowly through the area. (Video by Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle)

More rain is coming.

The forecast calls for the Wichita area to receive more rain this week, possibly as soon as Monday night into Tuesday, according to Jim Caruso, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita.

At least 1.5 inches of rain fell Monday morning at the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, but at least 2 to 4 inches fell on the east side of Wichita, in Derby and in Douglass, Caruso said.

Other rainfall amounts as of Monday afternoon included 3.6 inches at Rose Hill, 4 inches northwest of Rose Hill, 3 inches at Derby, 2.85 inches in downtown Wichita, 2.5 inches in northeast Wichita, 2.06 inches in west Wichita and 1.7 inches in Hutchinson, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather pattern on Tuesday is expected to be similar to Monday’s, he said.

Wednesday may dry out a bit.

But rain may fall again Thursday and Friday.

“We could get some lingering storms Tuesday morning, but we do not anticipate those to be severe,” Caruso said. “There may be some locally heavy rainfall, but Tuesday evening could be severe” with possible large hail, damaging winds and perhaps a tornado.

Monday morning, things in Wichita were soggy and sometimes a bit frantic.

With close to 2 inches of rain falling by midmorning Monday, emergency radio dispatchers in Wichita had a long list of reported locations where street flooding was making driving either difficult or unsafe.

Streets in Wichita neighborhoods turned into rivers after a line of thunderstorms moved slowly through the area. (Video by Brian Corn/The Wichita Eagle)

Not everyone was using common sense about the flooding, a Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher said.

At 13th and Broadway, where emergency crews put up barricades to keep motorists out, some people drove around the barricades. “The town is flooding in places, so don’t drown, turn around,” the dispatcher said.

Other areas where flooding was reported: Pawnee and Meridian, Harry and Seneca (eastbound), K-96 and Hydraulic, 17th and Mosley, 21st and Arkansas, and K-15 and Harry, she said.

Roy Wenzl: 316-268-6219, @roywenzl, rwenzl@wichitaeagle.com

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner, btanner@wichitaeagle.com

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