Driver swerves to avoid mattress on I-70

A 24-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman was westbound on I-70 near Park Drive in a Volkswagen about 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, when she saw a mattress in the road.

The woman swerved to avoid the mattress, and then hit the guardrail and went into a bridge barrier, according to a Kansas Turnpike Authority trooper’s report.

She was injured and taken to a hospital, according to the trooper’s report. The report stated she was not wearing a seat belt.

Rivers receding; Wyandotte County to be in flash flood watch with rain in forecast

Thunderstorm outlook Sunday. (National Weather Service graphic)
Thunderstorm outlook Sunday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Wyandotte County is under a flash flood watch from 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, until 7 a.m. Monday, June 8, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature was 87 degrees at 11 a.m. in Wyandotte County. Today, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and storms after 3 p.m., according to the weather service. More showers and storms are possible after 7 p.m. There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation tonight, the weather service said.

The weather service said a weak cold front is moving into the area late this morning into the afternoon, and scattered storms are possible along and just behind the boundary.

A few of the storms may be severe, with large hail and damaging wind gusts the primary hazards. The most probable time for severe weather will be between 3 p.m. to midnight, according to the weather service.

Thunderstorms will have the potential to produce heavy rainfall in a short period of time this afternoon into tonight, the weather service said.

Some areas may see repeated rounds of thunderstorms.

With already saturated soils, the potential for flash flooding exists with the most robust activity. A flash flood watch is in effect through Monday morning.

The rainfall from the last several days has led to widespread flooding along area rivers and low-lying areas.

The Kansas River in Kansas City, Kan., was in minor flood stage on Saturday. On Sunday, the river has begun receding below flood stage.

In the event of water on the roadway, the weather service advised motorists to turn around and seek a different, not to try to go through it.

To get the latest on river flooding, go to the website: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=eax.

Rainfall, flash flooding potential. (National Weather Service graphic)
Rainfall, flash flooding potential. (National Weather Service graphic)

Flash flood watch. (National Weather Service graphic)
Flash flood watch. (National Weather Service graphic)

The Kansas River in the Armourdale area of Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday. The Kansas River level decreased from flood stage to under the flood stage on Sunday morning.
The Kansas River in the Armourdale area of Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday. The Kansas River level decreased from flood stage to under the flood stage on Sunday morning.

The Kansas River in Kansas City, Kan., went below flood stage on Sunday morning, according to a hydrology chart. (NOAA chart)
The Kansas River in Kansas City, Kan., went below flood stage on Sunday morning, according to a hydrology chart. (NOAA chart)

The Missouri River at Kansas City remained under flood stage on Sunday morning. (NOAA chart)
The Missouri River at Kansas City remained under flood stage on Sunday morning. (NOAA chart)

Kaw River in KCK at flood stage

The Kansas River at 23rd Street in Kansas City, Kan., is now at minor flood stage, according to a hydrology chart from NOAA and USGS. (NOAA chart)
The Kansas River at 23rd Street in Kansas City, Kan., is now at minor flood stage, according to a hydrology chart from NOAA and USGS. (NOAA chart)

Flood warning issued

A flood warning is in effect for the Kansas River at 23rd Street in Kansas City, Kan., as the river has now gone into minor flood stage.

The National Weather Service has issued the flood warning from Saturday morning to Monday evening.

At 9:30 p.m. the Kansas River at 23rd Street in Kansas City, Kan., was at 33.02 feet. Flood stage is 33 feet there.

The Kansas River rose from 29.4 feet at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The river is expected to rise to near 34.5 feet by early Saturday morning and fall below flood stage by Sunday evening.

At 33 feet, undeveloped woodland along the river and outside of levee protection is flooded, the weather service said. No flooding of areas behind the levees is expected, the weather service said.

The weather service said residents should not drive through flowing water. Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle related. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Two feet of water will carry most vehicles away.

For additional weather and stream information, visit www.weather.gov/kc/.

The Missouri River at Kansas City at this time is projected to stay under flood stage. It could come within 1 foot of flood stage on Saturday night. (NOAA chart)
The Missouri River at Kansas City at this time is projected to stay under flood stage. It could come within 1 foot of flood stage on Saturday night. (NOAA chart)

Turkey Creek at Southwest Boulevard is well under flood stage at this time. (NOAA chart)
Turkey Creek at Southwest Boulevard is well under flood stage at this time. (NOAA chart)