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Flood warnings issued in Wichita area

Courtesy of National Weather Service

Flood warnings remained in effect Wednesday for several south-central Kansas counties, including Sedgwick County, after several inches of rain from heavy storms Tuesday night.

The warning for the southeastern part of Sedgwick County, which includes Derby and Mulvane, was extended by the National Weather Service until 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Emergency Management staff reported flooding on several roads, the weather service said. Other counties in flood warnings include Cowley, Sumner and Butler.

The National Weather Service also has issued a flood warning for the Walnut River at Winfield until late Friday night. The river went above flood stage, 18 feet, Wednesday morning. A warning for the Walnut River near Arkansas City was also issued until Thursday morning.

It rained 2.13 inches at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport overnight, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “That’s not a record or anything,” he said. “It falls into normal parameters.”

There has been 13.37 inches of rain this year, which is 2.65 inches above normal.

In a 24-hour period, ending at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, rainfall amounts in south-central Kansas ranged from 4.73 inches in Penalosa in Kingman County to 2.40 inches near Partridge in Reno County, according to the weather service. Near downtown Wichita, 2.69 inches was recorded; near McConnell Air Force Base, 2.54 inches.

But the month of May, even after Tuesday night’s storm, hasn’t been that wet, so far. It’s rained a little less than 6 inches, which is the 27th most of all time. Last year it rained 11.77 inches in May, good for second all time.

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Contributing: Julie Mah of The Eagle

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

Oliver Morrison: 316-268-6499, @ORMorrison

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