The National Weather Service in Wichita declared a flood warning at 11:09 a.m. Friday morning for Northwestern Barton County. Thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall were in the areas, and an estimated two to three inches of rain had already fallen with an addtional rainfall of one to two inches more possible.
The warning urged people in the area to take precautions and be prepared for excessive runoff form heavy rainfall which could cause flooding of small creeks and streams.
Drivers were urged not to drive into areas where the water covers the roadway as water depth might be too great to allow cars to cross safely.
At 1:30 p.m., the Barton County Sheriff’s Office reported water over the road in low lying areas at NW 150 Road between NW 70 Ave. and NW 60 Ave. And at NW 190 Rd. and NW 70 Ave. Sheriff Brian Bellinder said one bridge was covered and there was some flooding of rural roads in an area near the Russell County line around the city of Galatia.
The warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m.