Lane closure on K-7 rescheduled because of rain

Because of rain, the lane closure and traffic shift on U.S. 73 – K-7 over Piper Creek has been suspended until further notice, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The bridge replacement project was scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, through late September, according to KDOT.

Updated traffic information for the metro area can be viewed online any time at

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

National Weather Service graphic

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect from 8:05 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 5 in Wyandotte County.

A cluster of severe storms will continue to move eastward across Kansas this morning, the National Weather Service said.

The strongest activity will continue east and take a southeastern turn as it reaches eastern Kansas with the highest risk for severe storms along a line from Paola to Clinton. The main risk will be damaging winds.

This storm has a risk of heavy rain and brief gusty winds. The storm is expected to be at its strongest in the morning on Thursday. Today’s high will be 77 degrees.

Additional thunderstorms are possible Thursday night, Friday and Friday night as well as on Saturday, according to the weather service. All the activity could become strong and produce heavy rain and additional flooding across much of the area.

Additional rainfall through this weekend may top 2 to 4 inches across the local area. This heavy rainfall, on top of already saturated grounds, could lead to additional flooding into early next week.

Hail risk (National Weather Service graphic)

Wind risk (National Weather Service graphic)

Rain potential through Saturday (National Weather Service graphic)

BPU will be able to keep up with summer demands

by William Crum

At tonight’s work session the Board of Public Utilities talked about keeping up with summer electrical demands.

During the summer months there is a high usage of electricity. The board was told that the BPU will definitely be able to keep up with summer demands.

At the regular session the board heard a presentation regarding water processing asset management given by D.J. Johnson, and a financial report for April 2014 by Lori Austin.