Flooding in Cowley County damages roads, bridges

COWLEY COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) As the water continues to recede in Cowley County, residents are seeing the true power of rushing floods.

The force of the water crumpled the pavement of Chestnut Avenue in Ark City and even toppled several trees.

"It's crazy. We've had floods before but this one is pretty devastating," said David Schmeidler.

Several roads throughout Cowley County remain closed because of high water.

"It's all washed out," said Emily Tocco, visiting Ark City. "It's just amazing what the water can do. The damage is insane."

Residents keep coming out to Chestnut Bridge just to see it for themselves.

"When we came down, there were several people here and more came down here. I think it's a popular activity," said Tocco.

The damaged road is a headache for people who live nearby and it could take weeks before its fixed.

"Right now we're beginning the recovery process and that begins with our crews getting out and doing a full assessment of what really is damaged and how detailed and how bad the damage really is," said Brian Stone, Cowley County Emergency Manager.

Officials say there can't be an estimate on the cost until all the water recedes and they see what it left behind.