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Flooding reported in Kansas City area after heavy rains; Lawrence sees 1.5 inches overnight

A man tries to get back into the vehicle to have it pulled out after it got stuck in high water in South Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Overnight storms with heavy rains led to major flooding across the Kansas City area. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

— Storms that pummeled the Kansas City area with several inches of rain closed roads and led to water rescues, including two people who began trapped early Thursday by floodwaters that inundated their restaurant.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Bowman says widespread flooding was reported after 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 centimeters) fell over a few hours starting late Wednesday in east-central Kansas and west-central Missouri.

Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi urged motorists in a tweet not to drive into high water, saying his department was responding to calls seeking assistance in areas of flash flooding.

In south Kansas City, Chris Darby and his business partner had scrambled to their Coach's Bar & Grill early Thursday to check for possible flooding and save paperwork when Indian Creek floodwaters inundated the restaurant, trapping them.

The two sought higher ground on the bar and later on equipment before ultimately being rescued by firefighters — only after Darby says he began sending out goodbye texts to his family.

"It's the most scared I've ever been," Darby said by telephone while awaiting the rescue. "We regret the Fire Department has to risk lives to save us."

In Kansas, a stretch of Interstate 35 was closed Thursday. The Missouri Department of Transportation says stretches of Missouri 2 and 23 in Johnson County and Missouri 79 in Pike County are closed.

Several flood warnings also have been issued for rivers and streams downstream from the deluge.

Lawrence Municipal Airport measured 2.03 inches of precipitation since 10 a.m. Wednesday, with 1.5 inches falling from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Michael Kort

Water weighs 8 LBS per Gallon........and there were millions of gallons.......maybe per minute or less.......going down Indian creek parallel to 103rd st in KCMO .

That is allot of stored energy moving down a creek bed at once even if in liquid form .

A solid equivalent would be a freight train which would simply demolish a car or semi .

Moving water in a flooding creek can contain rock, big parts of trees and other cars to hit yours and you should you be so unfortunate .

Anything in the world from gasoline, raw sewage to pesticides, etc can be in flood water, along with downed power lines .

The turbulence in deep moving water can simply pull you under and hold you under .

I happened to turn on my TV as the fireman were cutting the hole in the roof to rescue these people at Coaches .

I was surprised to see the rescued and the firemen get off of the roof and into inflated boats to brave the water to shore........I thought that they were on a safe looking roof and why not stay there.........but then the building could have collapsed dumping them into rushing water full of derbies or exploded from natural gas leaks and electricity........so they did what they had to do......and did it very well !

The difference between Lawrence and Johnson County is that JO CO has way more roofs, roads and huge parking lots that don't stop water run off and even though many of the commercial projects in JO CO ( after a certain time ) were built with run off retention ponds on site but it was simply too little and obviously too late for the run off entering the Blue River, Indian Creek and Tomahawk Creek all of which crosses the state line and ends up in KCMO........and parts of JO CO flood with heavey rain .

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Michael Kort

Water weighs 8 LBS per Gallon........and there were millions of gallons.......maybe per minute or less.......going down Indian creek parallel to 103rd st in KCMO .

That is allot of stored energy moving down a creek bed at once even if in liquid form .

A solid equivalent would be a freight train which would simply demolish a car or semi .

Moving water in a flooding creek can contain rock, big parts of trees and other cars to hit yours should you be so unfortunate .

Anything in the world from gasoline, raw sewage to pesticides, etc can be in flood water, along with downed power lines .

The turbulence in deep moving water can simply pull you under and hold you under .

I happened to turn on my TV as the fireman were cutting the hole in the roof to rescue these people at Coaches .

I was surprised to see the rescued and the firemen get off of the roof and into inflated boats to brave the water to shore........I thought that they were on a safe looking roof and why not stay there.........but then the building could have collapsed dumping them into rushing water full of derbies or exploded from natural gas leaks and electricity........so they did what they had to do......and did it very well !

The difference between Lawrence and Johnson County is that JO CO has way more roofs, roads and huge parking lots that don't stop water run off and even though many of the commercial projects in JO CO ( after a certain time ) were built with run off retention ponds on site but it was simply too little and obviously too late for the run off entering the Blue River, Indian Creek and Tomahawk Creek all of which crosses the state line and ends up in KCMO........and parts of JO CO flood with heavey rain .

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