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Flash flooding in eastern Kansas forces water rescues

August 1, 2019

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Thunderstorms and heavy rain in parts of eastern Kansas have forced multiple water rescues.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that authorities in Douglas County were called to rescue nine people Thursday morning from homes around Lone Star Lake southwest of Lawrence.

County spokeswoman Karrey Britt said three people were rescued from flooding along Washington creek in the Lawrence area, one from a vehicle.

Officials said roads were flooded throughout the county, including the underpass leading into North Lawrence from downtown Lawrence.

KMBC reports water rescues were needed early Thursday north of downtown Ottawa, where more than 7 inches fell overnight. Some areas saw up to 10 inches.

The heavy rain began Wednesday evening and continued Thursday morning. The National Weather Service forecast a chance of rain remaining into Saturday morning.

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