Flooding could be a concern again next week in Leavenworth County as forecasts indicate a potential for heavy rainfall.

Flooding could be a concern again next week in Leavenworth County as forecasts indicate a potential for heavy rainfall.

“Definitely flooding will be something that is on the forefront of our minds,” said Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

Storms that are expected to move through the area this weekend could produce as much as 1-1.5 inches of rain.

And additional storms could develop Monday and Tuesday, bringing an additional four to six inches of rain, according to information Buchanan received from the National Weather Service.

Heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding. There also is the potential for flooding from the Missouri River.

The river had its second worst flood on record for the Leavenworth area in March when it rose to 31.3 feet. The river enters its flood stage at a depth of 20 feet.

The river flooded again earlier this month, this time reaching a depth of 21.89 feet.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, the river was at 17.5 feet, placing it in what is known as the action stage for the Leavenworth area.

If between four and five inches of rain falls by Wednesday, minor to moderate flooding could occur along the Missouri River. Major flooding would be possible if there is more than five inches of rain, according to Buchanan.

The threat of inclement weather led school officials to move Saturday morning’s Leavenworth High School graduation ceremony from an outdoor stadium to a gymnasium.

Other local high school graduation ceremonies planned for this weekend already are scheduled to take place indoors.

But Buchanan said the potential for severe weather could create problems for after graduation parties. She encourages people to use good judgment and common sense.

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