Kansas Turnpike reopened in Sumner County after flooding

Published: May. 8, 2019 at 5:24 PM CDT
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Thursday night, May 9, 2019

The Kansas Turnpike is back open in both directions between Wellington and the Kansas/Oklahoma line.


Thursday May 9, 2019

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says one lane of southbound I-35 has been reopened. All northbound lanes remain closed.


Widespread heavy rainfall causes serious traffic headaches on the Kansas Turnpike.

The flooded Slate Creek has washed over Interstate 35 (the Turnpike) forcing it to shut down both directions between Wellington and Blackwell, Okla. Into Wednesday afternoon, water washed out concrete barriers. Crews already are on standby to repair the road.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says it doesn't have a timeline on when the highway will reopen, but floodwaters are beginning to recede.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS! The Kansas Turnpike remains CLOSED in Sumner County after last night's flash flooding event. Heavy rainfall quickly moved across the road, stranding several vehicles. #storm12

Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Chip Mangus lives next to the turnpike outside Mulvane. While the problems persist Wednesday, he says the situation was even worse Tuesday night.

"From the highway across here was just solid water. Our driveway was submerged," Mangus says.

He says his shop stayed dry, but he was worried about rising water approaching his house.

"I wasn't sure what was going to happen. It was like, I've never seen it rain like that in my life," Mangus says.

Mangus' home flooded with about two inches of water standing in the craft room and office.

"The craft room had boxes and boxes of family photos and pictures, so it was like we were moving that stuff like crazy, trying to get it out of there," Mangus says.

He says he had to buy and install a new sump pump Tuesday night because the one he had in his basement couldn't keep up with the water.

Mangus says he's frustrated because he and his wife were working to remodel their basement, but he's glad they didn't lose anything they can't replace.


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