Areas heavily flooded after nearly 4 inches of rain falls in Butler County

(Source: Dylan Phillips)
(Source: Dylan Phillips)(KWCH)
Published: May. 15, 2020 at 8:10 AM CDT
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Almost four inches of rain fell in Butler County over the course of a few hours Friday morning, heavily flooding some areas.

As storm drains worked overtime, several roads completely flooded before sunrise.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office reports two water rescues in the county and a deadly car crash near Rose Hill. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Hertzet says a tree fell into the road Friday morning and a driver hit that tree, going full speed. The man died at the scene.

Neighbors say the man likely did not see the tree due to the torrential rain.

In El Dorado, rain made its way into some buildings, impacting several businesses.


11:30 a.m.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office says a man died around 5 a.m. on Friday in a crash related to the severe storms moving through the area.

The crash happened on SW 180th and Indianola Road.

A tree fell over the road and the man hit the tree going full speed. Sheriff Kelly Herzet says he assumes the man did not see the tree because it was raining so hard.

There were also two water rescues in El Dorado.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Friday morning and called the situation "life-threatening" as more than 3.5 inches of rain fell in the area.


8:10 a.m.

A "life-threatening" flash flood warning has been issued for portions Butler County as heavy rainfall moves through.

Parts of the county have seen as much as 6 inches of rain since midnight.

Butler County dispatchers say crews have rescued people from stalled vehicles in the area of 12th and Orient and Towanda and Alleghany in the El Dorado area.

Andover city crews are shutting down 159th just south of Kellogg as water rushing across the road.

Storm Team 12 says the storms are moving east into Greenwood County, but another strong band of thunderstorms is expected to move through south-central Kansas Friday evening.

‪Andover city crews are shutting down 159th just south of Kellogg. Water rushing across the road. #kwch #kswx‬

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