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Albert prepping for flood waters; U.S. 281 south of Hoisington closed
Western Barton County roads may become flooded; Caution urged
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Shown is preparation being done at Albert for potential flooding. The photo was provided by Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir.

Flooding preparations have begun in the city of Albert due to the heavy rains that fell west of the city and U.S. 281 south of Hoisington is shut down due to water of the roadway, Barton County Administrator Phil Hathcock said. 

Rush County has reported flooding along the Wet Walnut Creek and the National Weather Service issued a flooding warning for the Wet Walnut Creek at Albert this morning.  

The City of Albert is providing sand bags and sand for its residents to prepare before flood waters reach the community. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office will be providing inmates to help residents fill sand bags.  

The Barton County Health Department will be at the Albert Fire Station, 2006 Main Street, and providing tetanus shots for residents and volunteers assisting in the effort.

It is anticipated that roads in the western edge of Barton County will become flooded so motorists should take precautions when driving. 

Hathcock said the county is trying to keep its website ( updated with the latest weather information and road closures.