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Significant Rain on May 25 Results in Area Flooding in Lee's Summit
May 25, 2012
Southern portions of Lee’s Summit received significant rain during this morning’s storm resulting in flooded streets, yards and some homes. The most intense rainfall occurred generally along the M150 corridor. MoDOT temporarily closed sections of both M150 and M291. The most significant problems were reported in the vicinity of M150 and Ward Road.
Based on a rain gage at the Raintree Pump Station approximately 1.7 inches fell between midnight and 7:00 a.m. and an additional 3.1 inches fell between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
One area that was hit particularly hard was SW 33rd Street and SW 34th Street east of Ward Road. City crews canvassed the area during and immediately after the storm looking for blockages in the public storm sewer system. No specific problem areas were found. High rainfall amounts in very short time periods falling on soil saturated by the overnight rainfall created the flooding experienced by Lee’s Summit residents and drivers in this area. It does not appear at this time that recent improvements to M150 highway corridor contributed to the flooding.
There is a potential for scattered severe storms through this evening. If residents observe flooded roadways or other public safety concerns, please call 911 or Fire Dispatch at 969-7407 for non-emergency situations.
Citizens are reminded to NEVER drive through flooded roadways.