How much rain will we get?

Expected precipitation amounts by Thursday evening (National Weather Service graphic)

After a morning downpour accompanied by lightning and hail in some places, residents may expect more storms and rain in the next few days.
The National Weather Service said more rain is possible. Today’s high should be 59.
Tonight, there may be showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. It is a 70 percent chance of precipitation.
The weather service said there is a possibility these storms tonight could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and an isolated tornado.
On Thursday, a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms is in the forecast, with a high of 67. There is a potential for large hail and isolated tornadoes.
The area could get from three-fourths of an inch to two inches of rain, with some areas receiving up to three inches. Widespread flooding is not expected, but flash flooding is possible.
The rain lets up for the weekend, with a forecast of windy and dry weather Friday, and sunny weather Saturday with a high of 57.
But the rain returns Sunday with a 30 percent chance of showers, the forecast stated.
There’s a 30 percent chance of rain Monday and Tuesday.

Accidents, delays reported on I-70

I-70 at 7th was the site of an accident Wednesday morning, according to KC Scout. (KC Scout photo)

 

Traffic was backed up on I-70 this morning as an accident was reported at I-635 and I-70. (KC Scout photo)

I-70 experienced accidents and delays on Wednesday morning after heavy rains in Wyandotte County.
KC Scout reported an accident at I-70 and 7th Street in Kansas City, Kan., which resulted in two closed lanes.
Emergency vehicles were at I-70 and I-670, according to KC Scout.
And traffic came to a stop on I-70 after an accident at I-635 southbound to westbound I-70, according to KC Scout.

Ground broken for new Oak Grove Elementary School

Students, district officials and board members broke ground Tuesday for a new Oak Grove Elementary School building in the Turner Public School district. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Ground was broken today for a new Oak Grove Elementary School at 5340 Oak Grove Road, Kansas City, Kan.

District officials, board members, students and community members attended the groundbreaking.

Almost 70 percent of the voters approved a bond issue for the new $14 million school last October. It is the first Turner School District construction project since the new Turner High School was built, said Jason Dandoy, Turner assistant superintendent of business and public relations.

At just under 70,000 square feet, the new school will be located just west of the existing Oak Grove school.

As soon as the new building is completed, the old school building will be taken down, projected for the summer of 2015, Dandoy said. The new school building is expected to be ready for the term starting in August 2015.

“The new structure gives kids the opportunity to go to school in one building,” Dandoy said. “Right now they are spread out over three buildings.”

Each wing will be divided into two grade levels. The school will include all the current Oak Grove elementary students, as well as a few special education classrooms, he said.

The new building will include certain reclaimed parts of the old structure, he said. It will have pieces of the current Oak Grove gymnasium ceiling used as accent wood. The signs on the new building will be from the current structure, he added.

It also will have security features built in, such as internal and external cameras, card readers, a security vestibule in front, and more.

Zoning was approved for the building on March 27.

Scenes from the groundbreaking Tuesday for the new Oak Grove Elementary School building at 5340 Oak Grove Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Theresa Tillery, Turner Board of Education president, spoke at the groundbreaking Tuesday for the new Oak Grove Elementary School Building, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

 

Ground was broken Tuesday for the new Oak Grove Elementary School building at 5340 Oak Grove Road, Kansas City, Kan. Superintendent Michelle Hubbard is on the right. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Scenes from the groundbreaking Tuesday for the new Oak Grove Elementary School building at 5340 Oak Grove Road, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

 

The existing Oak Grove Elementary School includes three buildings. Some parts of the old buildings, including the signs, will be moved to the new school. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The existing Oak Grove Elementary School gymnasium was built in 1956. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

 

 

The existing Oak Grove Elementary School includes three buildings. Some parts of the old buildings, including the signs, will be moved to the new school. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The existing Oak Grove Elementary School gymnasium was built in 1956. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Oak Grove PTA presidents are remembered on a sign at the school. The first PTA president was Genevieve Hundly in 1939. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

 

An artist’s rendering showed the planned Oak Grove Elementary School at 5340 Oak Grove Road, Kansas City, Kan. The school is scheduled to open in August 2015.
An artist’s rendering showed the planned Oak Grove Elementary School at 5340 Oak Grove Road, Kansas City, Kan. The school is scheduled to open in August 2015. (Artist’s rendering)