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Counties inundated with rain

8/28/2014

By MIKE CORN

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Flood watches and warnings remained in effect this morning in a small slice of Kansas, notably in the Rooks and Phillips County areas.

In Damar, there were two unofficial reports of 7.5 inches and 5 inches of rain.

The heaviest rains reported this morning via CoCoRaHS stood at 4.23 inches just southeast of Lenora.

That's in line with a report of an even 4 inches 13 miles north of Hill City.

All of that rain pushed Bow Creek north of Stockton out of its banks.

According to the National Weather Service in Hastings, Neb., Bow Creek crested at 13.63 feet -- a level that indicates major flooding.

As of about 8 a.m. today, the water level in the creek had fallen to 10.72 feet, approximately 2 feet higher than flood stage.

The 3.58 inches of rain in Hill City pushed the South Fork of the Solomon River immediately upstream of Webster Reservoir out of its banks. But water levels there aren't dropping yet.

The rush of water will be good news for both Kirwin and Webster reservoirs, both of which have struggled to maintain water levels.

As of Wednesday, Webster was nearly 23 feet low, while Kirwin was almost 17 feet below its designed operating level.

A series of flood watches and warnings were issued Wednesday night as the rain was falling, but virtually all of them have been canceled. Other area rainfall reports include:

Location Rain

Lenora 0.3 SE 4.23

Hill City 13 N 4

Morland 1.0 SW 3.26

Phillipsburg 5.7 E 2.9

Lebanon 0.2 WNW 2.39

Arnold 4.8 NNW 2.37

Smith Center 0.2 ENE 2.33

Smith Center 0.2 NNW 2.3

Penokee 1.0 N 2.1

Lebanon 7.2 NW 2.05

Damar 1.4 NNW 1.98

Ellis 5.6 W 1.87

Utica 6.1 NNE 1.67

Cedar Bluff 4.9 NW 1.62

Trego Center 3.4 ENE 1.55

Utica 10.3 NE 1.51

WaKeeney 10.9 S 1.48

Quinter 8.0 N 1.43

Norton 0.4 N 1.18

Norton 3.0 NE 1.17

Ellis 4.0 SW 1.12

Utica 0.0 E 1.03

WaKeeney 5.7 S 1