Saturday, June 12, 2010

Morning Rain Raises Southland Waterways

South Kansas City has two waterways winding their way around the land, making their meandering way to the Missouri River. One is the Blue River. The other is Indian Creek. The additional two inches or so of rain that fell this morning onto saturated soil was enough to have both waterways running fast and at high levels again today.

The Blue River, looking from the bridge. It's much higher, and flowing much faster then normal. Usually, you can see very clearly the channel the water has carved out over the years, but the elevated water level has obscured that feature.

This is a view you would not have seen prior to the work being done in preparation for the new bridge. The river channel was lowered here and the water has taken advantage. In addition, water from the small artificial lake that is behind the photographer is moving into the river. The river is spread much wider then usual. Left in the photo, on the near bridge pillar, is a water gauge.

This is Indian Creek at Watt's Mill. This view, taken from 103rd street, looks east towards the remnants of the old mill. The water is really moving! Where the creek crosses Wornall Road, there is often flooding of the businesses along 103rd street and Wornall.

This view of Indian Creek shows how it is out of its banks, but you can see from the lines of debris, it had been higher earlier in the day.

Here's a view of Indian Creek looking west from the 103rd street bridge. I'd estimate this water was going 50 mph at this point.

We need a day or two to dry out around here! During the rain, there were numerous roadways that developed high water quickly--the classic urban flash flood. There is just no more room in the soil for water. More rain is forecast to fall over the next 36 hours; I would expect more urban creek flooding and flash flooding too. Local readers, please be careful out there!


Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
Wow! Not only should they be careful, but they need to get their go-bags ready if they live in a threatened area.

If you don't need your go-bag, wonderful! But if you do need it, how much better it is to have it ready.

Also, speaking as a former flood victim, I can say you should not drive through water moving fast or banking high. I have seen cars that ALMOST made it bobbing on water, their wheels bumping a curb. And that was the non-fatal kind of screwup still costing plenty $$$$$. If it's close, don't chance it. Nothing but bad comes of it.

My blathering opinion, of course,
Ann T.

Bob G. said...

That "creek" looks a LOT more like what Hoosiers call RIVERS up here (and we've got three of them).
Now the DELAWARE...THAT is a river!

FIFTY mph, you say?
Wow...heckuva day to go KAYAKING!

Wonder how much EROSION will take place along the banks?

Stay safe (and dry)

the observer said...

Ann T:
You are spot on about the go bag. Last night a few folks had to get up and go in the middle of the night. Also driving across the water. In the areas where the water has gone down, it's been amazing to see the force that it has. One place, a metal bike rack was flattened down.

The Observer

the observer said...

Bob G:
Usually both these waterways are little pokey things, but all filled up they go right along. I imagine the channels will be eroded a bit at the end of all this.

Yes, I have seen canoes and kayaks out on the water--the high rapids tho, I don't know--definitely not for beginners!

Thanks for wandering by