Little Blue River expected to be out of banks

Steady to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms Wednesday evening and overnight added some more to the running moisture totals for Tribland.

A band roughly 10-20 miles wide extending from northwestern Smith County, Kan., northeast to the York area received widespread coverage of 2-4 inches of rainfall overnight, the National Weather Service reported.

Early this morning, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Little Blue River in Clay and Nuckolls counties to continue into Friday afternoon.

The river stage was 5.6 feet at 4:15 a.m. Flood stage is 10 feet, at which point rural agricultural land begins to see overflow. The river was expected to crest at 11.6 feet early this afternoon and then fall below flood stage by evening.

A flood advisory also was issued early this morning and was to continue through 12:30 p.m. Within Tribland, it covered central Smith and northwestern Jewell counties in Kansas as well as southeastern Franklin, all of Webster, southeastern Clay northern Nuckolls and all of Fillmore counties.

Two to four inches of new rain fell in many locations within a 10- to 20-mile corridor stretching from Smith County into the York area overnight. The rain created the potential for flooding of low-lying areas and small creeks in and around the communities of Geneva, Grafton, Exeter, Fairmont, Shickley, Sutton, Clay Center, Fairfield, Edgar, Deweese, Ong, Red Cloud, Guide Rock, Nelson and Lawrence, as well as Smith Center, Kan.

A Clay County sheriff’s dispatcher said she had received reports of 4-6 inches of rain in the Sutton area and minor flooding in town.

Here’s a roundup of rainfall totals for 7 a.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. today, collected through the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network:

Southeast of Deweese: 3.93 inches
South of Fairfield: 3.60
Northwest of Edgar: 3.20
North of Nelson: 3.54
North of Nora: 1.37
Southeast of Davenport: 2.35
Northeast of Fairfield: 3.47
Southeast of Lawrence: 3.17
Northwest of Superior: 2.04
Southeast of Guide Rock: 3.0
East of Red Cloud: 2.63
East of Hardy: 2.32
Southeast of Byron: .82
West of Hebron: 1.30
Southeast of Clay Center: 3.23
West of Clay Center: 2.83
Southeast of Harvard: 1.59
Southwest of Sutton: 2.92
Southeast of Grafton: 3.02
West of Geneva: 2.70
East of Blue Hill: 2.36
Southeast of Hastings: 1.18
South of Juniata: 1.08
Southeast of Prosser: 1.0
Northeast of Doniphan: 1.0
North of Hastings: .92
Southeast of Minden: .90
Southeast of Hildreth: 1.05
Northeast of Franklin: 1.31
Smith Center, Kan.: 2.41 (courtesy of Bob Levin)
Southwest of Naponee: 2.13
Northwest of Republican City: 1.10


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