Most of central, eastern Kansas under flood watches

October 9, 2018

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Several Kansas communities are closing roads as rain-swollen creeks and rivers begin to overflow their banks.

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain has fallen since Friday and up to 3 inches (8 centimeters) more are possible through Wednesday morning.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says flooding will close the train’s route between Hutchinson and Topeka through Wednesday morning. He says Amtrak will run buses for customers at the stop in Newton.

Flood watches have been issued for most of central and eastern Kansas as forecasts call for several rivers and creeks to crest above flood stage Tuesday and Wednesday. Water is expected to inundate farmland near Wichita and some homes in the Hutchinson area. Roads also are closing in the Salina and Emporia area.

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