The drive home for many in Great Bend Monday evening was a wet one. At 4:38 p.m., Barton County Dispatch reported the National Weather Service in Wichita had issued a flood warning for Barton County until 8:30 p.m. Heavy rain had resulted in one inch in the 30 minutes prior to the report. Flooding occured from 10th and Washington to 8th and Washington. Stranded vehicles were reported at various locations throughout the city. Drivers calling into dispatch were advised they would be helped as help was available.
The National Weather Service advised motorists to turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
As the rain continued into the rush hour, at 4:52, from 10th Street to Lakin, Great Bend Police reported flooding. Great Bend Street Department crews were attempting to put up signs at 12th and 13th streets warning motorists of the flooding. By 5:15 p.m., the water was reported to be receding.
Locations that were included in the warning area included Great Bend, Hoisington, Pawnee Rock, Albert, Olmitz, Galatia, Susank, Odin, Great Bend Airport and Cheyenne Bottoms.