While many parts of southwest Kansas saw heavy rainfall Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, none experienced a deluge like the one that hit Scott County.
Scott County was hit the hardest by Tuesday's storms, according to Dodge City National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Ruthie, who received reports of up to 8.3 inches in and around the community.
Tim Stocklein, Director of Emergency Management for Scott County, said the amount of rainfall varied throughout the county.
“I had 7.35 inches in my gauge, and I’ve heard of 8.8 inches here in town,” he said. “It was a good amount of rain in a relatively short amount of time… It’s good to get the rain, it just seems like we got it all at once.”
The significant rainfall caused flooding within Scott City and impacted travel, Stocklein said.
“It’s just like any community, we have kind of our low-lying areas that any time it rains, it's going to collect water. A couple of those areas, we probably had water I would say two to three feet deep,” he said. “The amount of rain we received in the short period of time, the storm water system just gets inundated pretty quickly. We’re just not used to that kind of rainfall out here in western Kansas.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, there was no major damage reported in Scott County, though he had received reports from several homeowners who had to remove water from their basements.
“I don’t know the extent of that, but we do have some folks in the community who are dealing with that right now,” he said. “The rain obviously caused some travel impacts, flowing over some roadways and things like that. We still have a couple closures in place. We're just waiting for that water to recede, but no damaged roadways.
Other parts of Scott County didn't receive quite as much rain, with reports of 1.33 to 4.42 inches, according to Ruthie.
“There’s a lot of 3- to 4-inch amounts up there, as well, Ruthie said.
Craig Ramsey, with Ramsey Farms in Scott County, said his farm in the eastern part of the county received 2.5 to 3 inches of rain Tuesday night, which he said will delay his wheat harvest. He said he had received some hail, but not much, which he thinks didn’t cause severe or permanent damage to his crops.
“It just stripped some of the leaves off the corn, and the wind blew some of the corn and laid it over, but it should stand back up. It shouldn’t be a problem," he said.
On May 14, Ramsey, along with other Scott, Lane and Ness county farmers, were hit with a hail storm that resulted in crop loss. He estimated he lost about two-thirds of his wheat crop.
“So what’s left, I don’t see any real damage with this,” Ramsey said of the small amount of hail received Tuesday. “I see a little more heads knocked over, but it’s nothing significant at this time, we hope…”
Ramsey said he would expect average yields or a bit less for his wheat crop this year.
“Our wheat was looking pretty good before the storms,” he said, adding that it was hard to estimate exact numbers on what he think his crop would yield.
For Finney County, 0.7 inches of rain was reported in the Kalvesta area and 1.31 inches was reported in the Garden City area, with various rainfalls in between, Ruthie said. In Holcomb, 0.9 inches of rain was reported. Pierceville and Garden City reported wind gusts of 64 mph and 72 mph, respectively.
Some parts of Haskell County received as much as 2.5 inches of rain Tuesday, mainly in the northwestern part of the county, Ruthie said.
Grant County had high wind gusts, with reports of gusts reaching 60 mph, resulting in broken tree limbs, Ruthie said. He added that there was a power outage for all of Ulysses for about 20 minutes.
Stanton County had a reported 64 mph wind gust Tuesday night, and in Cimarron, power went out in some parts of town, though it was restored shortly after. The outage could be attributed to near 60 mph wind gusts, Ruthie said.
Hamilton County had some rain, and there were reports of 1-inch hail southwest of Syracuse.
Ruthie said there is a chance for additional thunderstorms Friday night for some parts of southwest Kansas.
“It’ll certainly be a lot cooler than what it has been,” Ruthie said, adding that temperature lows for the next few days will be in the 50s and highs will be in the 80s, before back up over the weekend.
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