Stranger Creek forecast calls for flooding

Leavenworth County had heavy rain and hail Thursday night. But an emergency management official said the county was spared from the more severe storms that were experienced in other areas of the region.

"We were fortunate," said Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

However, more rain was expected Friday and early Saturday with the threat of more hail.

And Buchanan said she also was monitoring Stranger Creek, which is prone to flooding.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the creek in the Easton and Tonganoxie areas.

A NWS forecast predicted the creek will crest Saturday morning at Easton at 19.5 feet, placing the creek in a moderate flood stage for this area.

The creek reaches its flood stage for the Easton area at 17 feet.

A NWS forecast predicted the creek will crest Saturday morning at 24.6 feet near Tonganoxie, placing it in a minor flood stage for this area.

The creek reaches its flood stage for this area at 18 feet.

The Missouri River also was on the rise Friday. But a NWS forecast predicted that it will crest Saturday morning at 17.8 feet in the Leavenworth area.

This is less than the river's flood stage for this area, which is 20 feet.

Buchanan said central and northern areas of Leavenworth County had between 1.5 and 2 inches of rain Thursday night. Southern Leavenworth County had a little more than an inch.

"We didn't have any flash flooding," she said.

However, Leavenworth County remained under a flash flood warning Friday.

Buchanan said pea- and dime-size hail fell in Leavenworth County during Thursday's storms.

"It was fairly countywide," she said.

She said most weather spotters in the county were reporting wind speeds between 20 and 25 mph during the storms. But a 54 mph wind speed was reported at one point.

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