Heavy rain created serious flash flooding in about an eight square block area in north part of Lindsborg Monday evening and prompted evacuations.
According to McPherson County Emergency Management heavy trucks were initially used, then three flat bottom boats. McPherson County emergency management director Dillard Webster says emergency crews had to evacuate about 35 to 40 people.
A Red Cross shelter was opened in the high school.
Between 4 and 5 inches of rain fell in about an hour Monday. City officials said a retention pond couldn’t hold all the water, causing flooding in the streets and about 50 homes on the town’s north side.
There was one related injury. An elderly person fell and was evacuated by boat with leg and rib injuries.
By late evening the water was beginning to recede.
Elsewhere the state highway department says a stretch of the Kansas Turnpike was briefly closed by high water Monday afternoon near the east-central town of Matfield Green.
Storms that dropped several inches of rain throughout the day also prompted at least one water rescue in Greenwood County. Officials say a car stalled in a flooded intersection in the town of Eureka, about 60 miles east of Wichita.
McPherson County was especially drenched, with flash flooding reported in Lindsborg and more than 4 inches of rain in Galva by late afternoon.