Roads in and out of New Cambria closed in Saline County due to flooding

NEW CAMBRIA, Kan. (KWCH) 6:30 p.m.

(Melissa Arnold's yard on SW corner of New Cambria, Kan. Taken May 9, 2019)

The emergency manager's office in Saline County says roads remain closed in and out of New Cambria for people's safety.

"Unfortunately we have a lot of vehicles going around (the barricades) and not paying attention to the road being closed, and it's not a safe situation," says Dugan Frank with the Saline County road and bridge department.

That's why he called the sheriff's office and deputies are giving tickets to those ignoring barricades. Only fire crews should be passing through, taking people to safety.

Brigette Floro was among those in New Cambria who evacuated to Salina Wednesday. Floro says she, her two young children and family came to the Red Cross center at Salina's First Covenant Church late Wednesday morning.

The Red Cross says it's heard from several others evacuated and planning to be at the church Wednesday night.

Some in the New Cambria area say they are staying as they built their homes on a little bit higher ground and think they'll be okay. They say they want to be around to protect their belongings, but will leave if it gets too dangerous.

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4:29 p.m.

Saline County says the Mulberry Creek near Salina has crested at 25.5 feet and levels are now falling. Some moderate flooding has occurred on the northern end of Salina.

The Smokey Hill River near New Cambria is still on the rise and expected to crest at 31 feet by Thursday afternoon. The roads leading into town and the southwest corner of the city are flooded.

The county ordered power to be shut off to the southwest portion of New Cambria Wednesday afternoon. People who live in the area can find shelter at the First Covenant Church located at 2625 E. Magnolia in Salina. Pets can be taken to the Saline County Expo Center at 900 Greeley Ave in Salina.

Sandbags are still available at Ag Hall at the Saline County Expo Center located at 900 Greeley Ave in Salina. Volunteers will be present from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to assist residents with filling the bags or distributing them.

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3:19 p.m.

Saline County Emergency Management says its ordering that the power be shut off to the southwest corner of New Cambria due to the threat of more flooding and more rain.

The shut off is currently scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

"The area has already taken on flood waters and in the best interests of safety for the residents in that area coupled with the Emergency Responders, that the shut off of power to this area is critical," says the county.

The county says all other power to the town will remain on unless conditions change.

It is recommended that those in the affected area evacuate. A shelter has been set up at the First Covenant Church, 2625 E. Magnolia in Salina. Residents can take their pets to a shelter at the Saline County Expo Center located at 900 Greeley Ave.

Residents needing assistance with evacuation, please contact Saline County Emergency Management at 785-826-6511.