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Evacuation of tiny Kansas town ordered as flooding worsens

May 25, 2019

FALL RIVER, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have ordered the evacuation of the tiny southeastern Kansas town of Fall River, as increased water releases from the dam just north of it threatens to swamp the town.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Greenwood County authorities called Saturday for the immediate evacuation of the town of about 150 that lies about 75 miles east of Wichita.

A shelter was set up at a church in Eureka for evacuees.

As of Saturday morning, the dam was releasing 36,000 cubic feet of water per second, and buildings downstream from the reservoir could be seen submerged to their roofs. Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism workers used a boat to search the area for anyone stranded by the floodwaters.

All campgrounds and day use areas at Fall River State Park remain closed.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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