Under normal conditions, Paradise Creek opens up at Plainville Lake, runs along Kansas Highway 18 before dipping south and continues to go east through the southern edge of Natoma in the direction of Paradise.
High amounts of rain reported in some places around Plainville, close to 5 inches Friday, caused the creek to come out of its banks along the way.
One of the areas was near Tracy and Annette Zeigler’s home on the highway between Plainville and Natoma. The water came over the bank and went into their yard and into Tracy’s mother’s yard who lives across the road to the west.
Water moved into the field behind their homes and left debris across the yard and road. It did damage some of the fencing around the area, but water didn’t get into the homes.
“It’s nothing that hasn’t happened before,” Tracy Zeigler said. “If it’s a wetter time and the creek comes up, sometimes we get seepage in our basement, but that hasn’t happened.”
With the 79th annual Natoma Labor Day celebration Monday, one fortunate piece of there not being any rain Sunday evening was the town didn’t have to worry about flooding.
The creek was high Monday, running to the south of the celebration.
“You can see water right there at the top of the creek bed,” Jill Koelling said, pointing to the creek. “We don’t really need anymore.”
“Even a couple inches, we’ll be fighting a flood,” Keith Koelling added.
The fire chief of Russell County Fire District 3, which is part of Osborne and Russell counties, Keith Koelling said the amount of rain the area has had and the way Paradise Creek has been so high is something he hasn’t seen since the floods of 1993.
“I knew we were all right (for the celebration) if it didn’t rain,” he said.
“We started watching the radar last night, and it started to fall apart. We were thankful. That’s the first time I’ve not wanted rain for almost five years.”
For the celebration, vendors usually set up their trucks or campers in the park the night before. Jill Koelling said they all were parking more in the northern part of town on the top of the hill Sunday evening.
Russell County was getting more flooding Sunday out of the Saline River. Keith Koelling said he and his fire district unit went over to assist with a water rescue north of Russell.
“It’s bad,” he said of the flooding in Russell County. “I think I read (Sunday) night, they’re expecting it to crest at 24 feet, and in ‘93 it was at 25-7.”