Aerial view from helicopter of heavily-flooded areas in south central KS

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 9:50 PM CDT
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Rising lake and river levels have resulted in flooding across Kansas.

Farmland in the south-central part of the state may have been the worst hit. Plus, we still don't know the full financial impact to farmers.

Friday morning, Eyewitness News anchor Michael Schwanke and photojournalist Brian Gordon boarded a helicopter piloted by Chuck Schreiber with Kansas Copters to check out the severity of the flooding.

Their flight started over El Dorado Lake where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the water level is almost seven feet above normal. That's enough to fill more than 75% of the flood pool. In the video, you can also see workers using picnic tables to get to the marina.

The corps says another popular lake, Cheney is 5.25 feet above normal. The flood pool there is about 70 percent full.

From El Dorado, the crew headed down to the Walnut and Whitewater rivers where farm fields, even a couple of days without rain, remain waterlogged.

Then to the town of Augusta. Rivers continue to flow over their banks, but things are improving and waters are receding.

Storm Team 12 says spotty showers are expected into Saturday evening, but heavy rains are over -- at least for now. Things should start to dry out on Mother's Day as the sun comes out to stay and temperatures reach highs in the mid-70s.

El Dorado Lake

Here's some more video from our flight over El Dorado Lake today with Chuck Schreiber. Lake is nearing record levels.

Posted by Michael Schwanke on Friday, May 10, 2019

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