WEATHER ALERT: Flooding, severe storms impact much of KS

SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) - 6:14 a.m.

The city of Iola is warning residents who live south of Highway 54 to evacuate because of flooding along the Neosho River.

The National Weather Service is predicting the river to crest over 29 ft, which is above the 2007 flood level. The crest is expected to occur at 1:00 a.m. Thursday (May 22) morning.

City officials say an emergency shelter will be set up at Allen Community College's Red Barn (Activities Building) for individuals that don’t have an alternative safe place. If you have pets, a shelter option will be made available by the KS Animal Rescue Team when possible.

5:30 a.m.

Flooding across much of central and south central Kansas has led to several major road closures.

Here is the latest update on closures as of 5:30 a.m:

Harvey County

▪️Northeast 24th Street between Rock and East Lake roads
▪️Northeast 24th Street east of Grace Hill Road
▪️Northwest 60th Street east of North River Park Road
▪️Northwest 60th Street west of Burmac Road
▪️Southwest 48th Street between South Hertzler and Essex Heights roads
▪️Southwest 84th Street between Ridge and Emma Creek roads
▪️North Burmac Road between Dutch Avenue and Northwest 108th Street
▪️West Dutch Avenue between Emma Creek and Mission roads
▪️West Dutch Avenue between Burmac and Woodberry roads
▪️West Dutch Avenue between Essex Heights and Hertzler roads
▪️North East Lake Road between Northeast 60th and 72nd streets
▪️East First Street between Rock and East Lake roads
▪️West First Street between Hoover and Ridge roads
▪️West First Street at Mission Road
▪️North Golden Prairie Road between Northwest 12th and 24th streets
▪️North Hillside Road at Northeast 24th Street
▪️North Hillside Road between Northeast 60th and 72nd streets
▪️North Hoover Road north of Dutch Avenue
▪️North Meridian Road between Northwest 12th and 24th streets
▪️North Mission Road between First and Northwest 12th streets
▪️North Ridge Road between Northwest 12th and 36th streets
▪️North Woodlawn Road between Northeast 12th and 24th streets
▪️North Woodlawn Road between Northeast 36th and 48th streets
▪️South Woodlawn Road between First and Southeast 36th streets
▪️South Essex Heights Road south of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South Hertzler Road north of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South Mission Road south of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South Willow Lake Road north of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South River Park Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 36th Street
▪️Harvey County West Park
▪️Harvey County East Park’s Bluestem, Campers’ Row, Walton’s Landing and Willow Bend areas
▪️Highway 50 is CLOSED from Meridian Avenue in Newton to the Yoder exit in Hutchinson

Reno County

▪️Jordan Springs rd from Trails West to Lake Cable
▪️Sylvia from US HWY 50 to Trails West
▪️Salem Rd from Maple Grove to Smoots Creek (county line)
▪️Sun City Rd from Partridge to Riverton
▪️Sun City from K14 to McNew
▪️Pennington Rd from Nickerson Blvd. to 108th
▪️Summers Rd from 75th to 85th
▪️Worthington from Ave G to 4th
▪️69th from Old K61 to Kent Rd
▪️Mayfield from 69th to 108th
▪️Sunrise from 82nd to 95th
▪️69th from K14 to Yaggy
▪️Herren from K14 to 108th
▪️Wilson from 82nd to 108th
▪️95th from Wilson to Pennington
▪️Parallel from Highway 11 to Bone Springs
▪️Salee from 82nd to 108th
▪️Dean from 56th to 82nd
▪️Tobacco from 95th to 108th
▪️43rd from Kent to Willison
▪️Kent 43rd to 69th
▪️Trails West from Willison to Haven Rd
▪️Red Rock K14 to McNew
▪️85th from Mayfield to Old K61
▪️Mayfield from 82nd to 85th
▪️82nd from Mayfield to Kent
▪️Parallel from McNew to Deweese Park
▪️Parallel from Mohawk to Whiteside
▪️56th from Eisenhower to Yaggy
▪️82nd from Pennington to Yaggy
▪️Mowhawk from 4th to Clark
▪️Worthington from Arlington to Greenfield
▪️Buhler Rd from 56th to 69th
▪️Medora from 95th to 108th
▪️Nickerson Blvd from Wilson to K96
▪️50th from Pennington to Wilson
▪️4th from Nickerson Rd./Partridge Rd to Herren
▪️Willison from Cedar View to Pretty Prairie Rd
▪️Parallel from Sego to Fairview
▪️Riverton from 82nd to 108th
▪️US50 from Yoder Rd.. to Harvey County
▪️Wilson from 56th to Willowbrook
▪️88th from Nickerson St. to Riverton
▪️Raymond from Greenfield to Lake Cable
▪️Netherland from Longview to Red Rock
▪️Brownlee from US50 to Red Rock
▪️Raymond from US50 to Red Rock
▪️Woodberry Road bridge from 30th to 43rd is closed

Water on roadway with high water signs:

▪️Yoder Rd. from K96 to Greenfield
▪️Yoder Rd. from Lake Cable to Arlington Rd
▪️Sego from Clark to Blanchard
▪️Hodge from 4th to 43rd
▪️Sego from Andre and Red Rock
▪️Kent from Ave G to 4th
▪️Buhler Rd from Ave G to 50 Highway
▪️Arlington Rd from Yoder to Halstead
▪️Whiteside from Redrock to Greenfield
▪️56th from Wilson to Pennington
▪️Red Rock from K14 to Broadacres
▪️82nd from Yaggy to Dean
▪️Redrock from McNew to Sand Creek
▪️Haven Rd from K96 to Irish Creek
▪️Arlington Rd from Haven Rd to Rayl Rd
▪️Dean from Pretty Prairie Rd to Silver Lake
▪️Ave G from Buhler Rd to Woodberry
▪️Nickerson Rd from 30th to 43rd
▪️Haven Rd and Greenfield (intersection)
▪️Wilson from 50th to 56th
▪️4th from Herren to Dean
▪️Wilson from Boundary to Pretty Prairie Rd
▪️Medora Rd. from K61 to 95th
▪️Arlington Rd. from Worthington to Rayl
▪️Illinois from Haven Rd. to Victory
▪️Illinois from Worthington to Woodberry
▪️Woodberry from US50 to Illinois
▪️Haven Rd. from US50 to Illinois

Halstead

The city of Halstead has closed the west floodgate Tuesday night. Halstead Rd/801 between the gates and HWY 50 is also closed to traffic.

Sumner County

▪️HWY 81 is closed from 90th Avenue to 119th street south.

Lyons County

▪️K99 South of Emporia (K99 North of Emporia open)
▪️1100 Road 190
▪️1200 Road 190
▪️1200 Road 210
▪️1000 Road 210
▪️1500 Road J
▪️600 - 800 Road 160
▪️1800-2300 N K-99
▪️1600 Road F
▪️1900 Road M
▪️1600 Road G
▪️1400 Road F
▪️1700 Road A
▪️1700 Road B2
▪️1700 Road B5
▪️600 Road K7
▪️400 Road 250
▪️1750-1778 Road P2 (Camp Alexander)
▪️1400 Road 170
▪️1500 Road 170 (From Road R to Road R1)
▪️1900 Road J
▪️400 Road 170
▪️1700 Road D
▪️1600 Road G

5 a.m.

Meteorologist Mark Larson says we'll get a chance to enjoy a brief break wet weather Wednesday before several more rounds of storms, and potentially heavy rain, roll across Kansas at times through early next week.

Look for lots of sunshine and a much needed break from the rain Wednesday with highs ranging from the mid 60s northwest to the mid 70s to around 80 elsewhere. Wind speeds should stay under 20 mph this afternoon.

Storm chances will rise again this afternoon, and overnight, south and east of the Kansas Turnpike, the same areas that have been hit hardest by recent flooding rains.

Most of Kansas will be stuck under gray skies Thursday with cooler highs in the 60s to the north and 70s south. Strong or severe storms will fire-up across central and western Kansas tomorrow afternoon. Destructive winds, hail and flooding rains will threats once again.

More storms are possible for central and southern Kansas Friday afternoon into early Saturday morning as a stalled front remains anchored across our state. Evening and overnight storm chances will continue through Memorial Day weekend.

Flooding will remain a huge concern, due to the already saturated ground and the potential for more locally heavy rains, through early next week so rivers and creeks will be running high, or out of their banks, for several days to come.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sumner County dispatch says HWY 81 is closed from 90th Avenue to 119th street south.

Tuesday night, May 21, 2019

With storms clearing out for most of Kansas Tuesday night, Storm Team 12 Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says we'll finally have sunshine and dry weather Wednesday. However, this break may be short-lived as rain and thunderstorms show up for the second half of the week.

Scattered storms will be possible for much of central and south central Kansas (including Wichita) through Memorial Day.

Even with the brief break Wednesday, flooding remains a concern including for parts of south Sedgwick County and Sumner County following the release of water from Cheney Lake reservoir into the Ninnescah River

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6:40 p.m.

Tornado warnings were allowed to expire, but several Kansas counties remain under severe thunderstorm watches until late Tuesday night. As swift-moving storms roll through, attention returns to widespread flooding, impacting communities along rivers and creeks across central and south central Kansas.

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6 p.m.

TORNADO WARNINGS are in effect for Phillips and Rooks counties until at least 6:15 p.m. There have been reports of funnels and at least one possibly brief tornado with this storm southeast of Phillipsburg.

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5:43 p.m.

Sedgwick County reports that because of the high level of Cheney Lake, "it will be necessary to open the floodgates to lower the reservoir."

Even with that release, the county says the forecast is for Cheney Lake to reach a record height of 1,430.5 feet.

"At 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, May 22, the gates will open gradually until completely open by early Wednesday afternoon," Sedgwick County says.

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5:30 p.m.

As much of central and south central Kansas begins to finally catch a brief break from heavy rain, we're seeing more widespread, isolated threats of severe storms across most of the state.

As of 5:30 p.m., the lone confirmation of at least one tornado was in Dickinson County, but there were other reports of of a low funnel cloud and possible tornado briefly touching down near Stockton Tuesday afternoon.

There was also brief reports of a possible tornado threat with a strong storm moving south of Phillipsburg in Phillips County. There was no confirmed tornado with this storm.

In several areas of central Kansas, including Salina, hail posed the primary threat with strong to severe storms.

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5:20 p.m.

The tornado-producing storm that produced five reports of a tornado in northeast Dickinson County has made its way to Geary County where a tornado warning remains in effect until at least 5:45 p.m. There are no tornadoes reported at this time and there is no immediate threat to the City of Junction City.

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4:45 p.m.

Isolated storm chances across Kansas bring at least one confirmed tornado to Dickinson County, east of Abilene. There are five reports of at least one brief tornado touching down in northeast Dickinson County. The first report was of a brief, rope tornado spotted near Enterprise and south of Chapman.

The tornado spared the city of Chapman, but there are reports of potential damage with a tornado picking up debris.

Further west, there's good news out of McPherson where the city says normal water usage can resume.

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3:30 p.m.

Harvey County reports Highway 50 is CLOSED from Meridian Avenue in Newton to the Yoder exit in Hutchinson due to flooding.

"We know this is a pivotal highway in the county, but please keep in mind the decision is made with the safety of drivers as the top priority. There is no timetable for the highway to reopen, but we will share that information as soon as it's provided to us," Harvey County says.

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3 p.m.

As flooding continues to be a problem across several areas, seven counties have been added to the state disaster declaration signed by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on May 9. Monday, 10 counties were added to that declaration.

Counties added to the declaration Tuesday include Anderson, Crawford, Doniphan, Elk, Lincoln, Riley and Saline.

Counties currently included in the declaration are: Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Clark, Cloud, Cowley, Dickinson, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Kingman, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Morris, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Sumner, Wabaunsee, and Wilson.

"The state declaration may be further amended to include any additional counties that experience flooding," the governor's office says. "The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria."

Meanwhile, we're getting clearer views of how flooding is impacting counties across central and south central Kansas. Tuesday afternoon in Marion County, voluntary evacuations began in the City of Peabody for residents on South Olive, south of Spring Creek.

In Butler County, there were reports Tuesday afternoon that the level at El Dorado Lake rose at a rate of about 1.6 inches per hour over a three-hour stretch. Impacting the City of Augusta, the Walnut River and Whitewater River have reached levels above their flood stages in town.

In Cowley County, areas including Ark City and Winfield experienced six-plus inches of rain over the past 24 hours and rivers likely won't recede until Friday.

In Saline County, a shelter is set up in Salina for people wishing to evacuate from the flooding threat. This shelter is set up at the First Covenant Church at 2625 E. Magnolia Road. A separate shelter for household pets is set up at the Saline County Expo Center at 900 Greeley Avenue. A pallet of sandbags is available at the expo center on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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1:40 p.m.

Flooding remains the main threat for Kansans, but cold air funnels may have caused concern for those who saw them Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Dodge City says it received several public reports from local law enforcement about cold air funnels in eastern Colorado and in southwest Kansas in Stanton County.

The weather service says cold air funnels are not associated with
thunderstorms but are usually reported within or near weak
showers. These showers were moving east into far southwest kansas.

Cold air funnels usually last only a short period of time and normally do not come in contact with the ground. They typically pose little to no threat to public safety. If they do touch down, it is usually for a very brief period and the damage is relatively minor.
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1:05 p.m.

The City of Sedgwick is in need of volunteers to help fill and deliver sandbags. The city says tall boots are advised. Volunteers will meet at 4th and Washington City Shop.

Several roads near the town remain closed due to flooding including Ridge North, Ridge South and Meridian.

The city says it received a report that the Jester Creek is only 5-6 feet under the bridge on 125th.


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11:40 a.m.

Saline County has a sandbag operation in place for those needing sandbags. The county says anyone in need can stop by the Expo Center's Ag Hall Building, 900 Greeley Avenue.

"The use of sandbags is a simple, but effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage. We do have a limit of 100 bags per individual or business," said the county.

A shelter has been set up in the Agricultural Hall of the Saline County Expo Center (also known as the Fairgrounds), 900 Greeley Avenue, for household pets of homes that have been evacuated.

Stay up to date with the Saline County Flood by visiting
http://www.salina-ks.gov/salinecountyflood.

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11:35 a.m.

The Elk County Sheriff's Office says U-160 Highway is closed east of K-99 due to high water over the road.

"This is going to happen all night long every time we receive heavy rain," said the sheriffs office in a post on Facebook.

The sheriff's office says a lot of the county roads will be impassable due to flooding.

"Road Barricades are being placed at K 99 and U-160 Junction please do not go around the barricades they are there for your safety," officials advise.


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10:30 a.m.

McPherson residents have been asked to conserve water over the next 2 to 3 days. The city says heavy rains and equipment failure at the McPherson Waste Water Treatment Facility are preventing the ability to process water flow properly.

The plant is processing at less than half the normal capacity. The Public Works Department indicates the only solution available is water conservation and reduced rains.

Residents are asked to eliminate daily water use such as showers, toilets, dishes and laundry. All are advised the situation could potentially result in sewer backup into homes.

The city says it will notify residents when normal water usage can resume.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 620.245.2545.

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10:20 a.m.

Storm Team 12 says parts of south-central and southeast Kansas will finally begin to see a break in the rain, but flooding continues to cause problems for the area.

Cowley County deputies were called out to a home in Gueda Springs late Tuesday morning where a person reported being trapped inside their home by flood waters.

The Hutchinson Zoo said it was closing Tuesday due to flooding. The zoo it has emergency plans in place to keep the animals safe and deal with the water. Hutchinson received about 3.70 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.


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9:30 a.m.

As a steady rain falls across most of Kansas, rising water, rivers and creeks remain a concern. The fast-moving water continues to force road closures across the state, including these in Butler County:

SW 170th between Hopkin Switch and Ohio
Cole Creek South of Leon
Haverhill between SW 120th and SW 140th
Stoney Creek Road, South of edge of Latham
NW 30th between Santa Fe Lake Road and Tawakoni
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8:35 a.m.

The City of Sedgwick is under a flood warning through Friday. The city says as the river rises rapidly, Ridge South, Ridge North and 4th Street remain closed. 125th is open. Sandbags are available to fill at the City Shop if needed.
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7:25 a.m.

Much of Kansas remains under flood warnings or watches as heavy rains are expected to push streams and rivers out of their banks.

The National Weather Service says more than 3.5 inches of rain fell onto already-saturated ground in parts of Kansas Monday and overnight, and more is expected Tuesday.

New Cambria, a central Kansas town near Salina, asked residents on Monday to voluntarily evacuate for up to 48 hours. Officials say Saline County faces the potential for record flooding along Mulberry Creek near Salina and Smoky Hill River near New Cambria.

Pittsburg officials say an apparent tornado touched down south of the city Monday afternoon, damaging outbuildings and knocking down power lines and trees. Roof damage was also reported to Grubbs Hall at Pittsburg State University. No injuries were reported.
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6:30 a.m.

Eyewitness News reporters Melissa Murray and Shane Konicki are out across the state where rain and flooding has forced road closures, school delays and even some cancelations.

Sedgwick schools are closed Tuesday due to the flooding and the rising of the Little Arkansas River

The National Weather Service in Wichita says the Arkansas River near Mulvane will reach a historic mark Wednesday morning. The river is expected to reach more than 19 feet, near major flood stage. Mulvane Fire Rescue says the all-time record is 21 feet - set back in 1982.

For a list of state highways closed by flooding, check here: http://www.kandrive.org/kandrive Find other localized flood information below.

Cowley County
Bliss Street from 9th-19th in Winfield
K-15 about 1.5 miles north of Dexter

Harvey County
▪️Northeast 24th Street between Rock and East Lake roads
▪️Northeast 24th Street east of Grace Hill Road
▪️Northwest 60th Street east of North River Park Road
▪️Northwest 60th Street west of Burmac Road
▪️Southwest 48th Street between South Hertzler and Essex Heights roads
▪️Southwest 84th Street between Ridge and Emma Creek roads
▪️North Burmac Road between Dutch Avenue and Northwest 108th Street
▪️West Dutch Avenue between Emma Creek and Mission roads
▪️West Dutch Avenue between Burmac and Woodberry roads
▪️West Dutch Avenue between Essex Heights and Hertzler roads
▪️North East Lake Road between Northeast 60th and 72nd streets
▪️East First Street between Rock and East Lake roads
▪️West First Street between Hoover and Ridge roads
▪️West First Street at Mission Road
▪️North Golden Prairie Road between Northwest 12th and 24th streets
▪️North Hillside Road at Northeast 24th Street
▪️North Hillside Road between Northeast 60th and 72nd streets
▪️North Hoover Road north of Dutch Avenue
▪️North Meridian Road between Northwest 12th and 24th streets
▪️North Mission Road between First and Northwest 12th streets
▪️North Ridge Road between Northwest 12th and 36th streets
▪️North Woodlawn Road between Northeast 12th and 24th streets
▪️North Woodlawn Road between Northeast 36th and 48th streets
▪️South Woodlawn Road between First and Southeast 36th streets
▪️South Essex Heights Road south of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South Hertzler Road north of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South Mission Road south of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South Willow Lake Road north of U.S. Highway 50
▪️South River Park Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 36th Street
▪️Harvey County West Park
▪️Harvey County East Park’s Bluestem, Campers’ Row, Walton’s Landing and Willow Bend areas

High Water
▪️South Kansas Avenue at Southeast 72nd, 84th and 125th streets

Reno County
Jordan Springs rd from Trails West to Lake Cable
Sylvia from US HWY 50 to Trails West
Salem Rd from Maple Grove to Smoots Creek (county line)
Sun City Rd from Partridge to Riverton
Sun City from K14 to McNew
Pennington Rd from 56th to 82nd
Mayfield Rd from 69th to 82nd
Summers Rd from 75th to 85th
Sunrise Rd from 82nd to 91st
Worthington from Ave G to 4th
69th from Old K61 to Kent Rd
Mayfield from 69th to 108th
Sunrise from 82nd to 95th
4th from Herren to Dean
69th from K14 to Yaggy
Herren from K14 to 82nd
Wilson from 82nd to 108th
95th from Wilson to Pennington
Parallel from Highway 11 to Bone Springs
Salee from 82nd to 108th
Dean from 56th to 82nd
Tobacco from 95th to 108th
43rd from Kent to Willison
Kent 43rd to 69th
Trails West from Willison to Haven Rd
82nd from Kent to Old K61
Red Rock K14 to McNew
85th from Mayfield to Old K61
Mayfield from 82nd to 85th
82nd from Mayfield to Kent

Woodberry Road bridge from 30th to 43rd is closed

Water on roadway with high water signs:

Mowhawk from 4th to Clark
Yoder Rd. from K96 to Greenfield
Yoder Rd. from Lake Cable to Arlington Rd
Sego from Clark to Blanchard
Hodge from 4th to 43rd
Yoder Rd from K96 to Switzer
Yoder Rd from Longview to Greenfield
Sego from Andre and Red Rock
Kent from Ave G to 4th
Buhler Rd from Ave G to 50 Highway
Arlington Rd from Yoder to Halstead
Whiteside from Redrock to Greenfield
56th from Wilson to Pennington
Red Rock from K14 to Broadacres
82nd from Yaggy to Dean
Redrock from McNew to Sand Creek
Haven Rd from K96 to Irish Creek
Arlington Rd from Haven Rd to Rayl Rd

Salina County
Saline County emergency officials are encouraging residents in the town of New Cambria to evacuate as the water level rises in the Smoky Hill River. Major flooding is expected Tuesday afternoon with a projected crest at 34 feet. At 33 feet, roads within the city are expected to flood along with roads near the river. Flooding is also expected in low-lying areas.

The rising water in the Mulberry Creek also threatens about 200 homes in northern Salina. Saline County officials say the water will crest at 27.8 feet on Tuesday around noon. At 27.8 feet, roads could fill up with 3 feet of water in northern Salina, mostly around Stimmel Road and south from 9th Street to Ohio Street. Other flooding may occur north of I-70 from 9th Street to Ohio Street. The westbound entrance ramp onto I-70 from 9th Street will most likely be flooded.

Sedgwick County
In Wichita: * 1st and Bleckley. * 2nd and Bleckley. * 3rd and Bleckley* English and Bleckley * Waterman and Bleckley * Lewis and Bleckley * Murdock - Harding and Battin * Pine - Glendale and Harding Elm - Glendale and Harding * 159th and Wren Field * Lincoln and Brookhaven * Harry - Brookhaven and Tamarisk * Pawnee - Sheridan and Edwards * Meridian - Douglas and Maple * 8th St N and Harding * Murdock - Harding and Battin ## Barricades will be removed once the water recedes.