Due to heavy rainfall since Saturday, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for south-central Kansas including Barton County.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said officers are actively monitoring the situation and will advise the public through local media if warranted.
“Portions of western Barton County have seen heavy rainfall and more is expected in the next 24 hours,” Bellendir said Sunday. “Ditches in many areas are running full. At this time it does not appear that county blacktops have been affected, but that may change as rainfall continues. Due to standing water and muddy conditions many township roads are impassable. Motorists are urged to use caution and not to enter flooded roadways.
The flood watch will be in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday. According to Wunderground.com, Great Bend has received 8.11 inches of rain for the month of July, including 2.03 inches since Saturday.