Author: Mary Knapp

Many remember the excessive rains of July 1993, and recall the flooding in eastern Kansas. But the floods weren’t only in the eastern parts of the state. On July 21, 1993 heavy rains in and around west central and central Kansas caused the Walnut Creek to flood through Rush county. Flooding began during the morning hours. Highway 183 south of Rush Center was covered by 20 inches of water and was closed to most traffic. Several families were evacuated as three feet of water covered most streets in Timken. The Timken post office, mid-state coop, Timken seed company, and six residential blocks were flooded. That wasn’t the end. Heavy rains across west-central and central Kansas from July 18th to July 24th caused flooding along the Pawnee River from Burdett to Larned.

Pawnee River at 530 cfs, August 26, 2012 (USGS)

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library