The worst fire is near the Nevada city of Winnemucca- where hundreds have been evacuated with at least part of the town threatened by the flames.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
The worst fire is near the Nevada city of Winnemucca- where hundreds have been evacuated with at least part of the town threatened by the flames.
Though the name of this thing stinks (How about "Operation America Sinking- But We Don't Blame Our Military?") I have ALWAYS and continue to support ordinary Americans trying to find a way to get a good education without having to pay off college loans until they are 60.
The ONLY faces I'd spit into would be that of select politicians who get us into absolutely stupid- unjustified wars.
One more thing- WHERE IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?????
Experts think that so much of the glacier melted that it raised the lake's level and the additional water pressure punched a hole in the glacial debris damming the lake- draining the lake down the mountain into a nearby fiord.
One effect of global warming was to be extreme and unusual weather patterns.
I give you the almost constant Central states rains and the heat wave in the West and a wink- wink- nod- nod.
Just hope I'm not around for the final act of Planet Earth.
The bad news is more showers and thunderstorms are expected over southern Texas again today.
ALMOST A DOZEN FIRE COMPANIES- AND A THIRD MAST-EMS UNIT - ARE AT THE FIRE AT 301 WEST ARMOUR IN MIDTOWN THAT WAS DISPATCHED AROUND 9:15 AM THIS MORNING.
THERE ARE NO INDICATIONS YET OF SERIOUS INJURIES - BUT AT LEAST FOUR FLOORS OF THIS 10-12-STORY BUILDING ARE BEING EVACUATED OF RESIDENTS.
HERE is a video review I found of this year's 60th- "Voted Oklahoma's Best" Strawberry Festival by Cathy Spaulding (no relation).
The Festival is always held on the second Saturday of May- you can enjoy every manner of that tasty fruit as well as the family-oriented carnival atmosphere of the lovely eastern Oklahoma town.
Congratulations Stilwell on No. 60 and Happy Birthday as well to the Great State of Oklahoma.
The Navy- who for days didn't even know the Indianapolis' wherabouts when she was sunk- held the Indianapolis's captain accountable for what was clearly just an act of war.
The City of Indianapolis opens an exhibit about the ship and her ill-fated crew today.
OK- enough of the "bull&#$@"- here's the REAL story on the annual Darwin Day in Pamplona-Spain.
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It was a near-perfect early-summer's morning- temperature's that fell slowly into the 70-75 degree range- very light south winds and mostly clear skies.
The heat and humidity returns today and tomorrow. I am concerned about what weather forecast models are showing in the Central states beginning Monday: More Rain....
The bomb went off about 8:30 am local time- killing "at least 23 and injuring 86" reports have said.
Friday, July 06, 2007
A really sweet soul that Funk and I had the pleasure to meet and be supported by during the campaign passed a few weeks ago. His name was Jay Martin. As is frequently the case when someone passes, I feel bad for not having had more time to get to know the person better. I feel the same way about Jay. There were many people at his memorial that knew him well and consequently, were gifted for it. The stories they shared were of a man who I personally only got a glimmer of, but had we more time, I could tell that we would have been like two peas in a pod. Our prayers are with Jay and his family.
In other news regarding a friend of ours and campaign supporter: Chester White was working when his ladder touched an electric line that sent 7,500 volts coursing through his body and found it’s way out through his little toe. Other than the poor little toe exiting off his body along with the electricity, Chester is fine, if not just a titch teary and pondering the universe. We’re really glad Chester is alive as, like Jay Martin, he is a bright light that we weren’t ready to give up.
Funk went to a town hall meeting hosted by Jackson County Executive, Mike Sanders, last Saturday. As usual, Funk was only supposed to stay for an hour, but ended up feeling compelled by the importance of what the people in the audience were saying to make him want to stay for the duration of the event. He was especially impressed with Jackson County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar, who spoke with passion and intelligence about addressing crime problems, and, as always, with what Mike Sanders and Chief Corwin had to say. The town hall meetings are always enlightening and I really feel the community feels better just knowing someone cares enough to listen. I can’t wait until they actually see the changes that their Mayor is going to make – then they will really have something to celebrate.
There has been a lot of news reported regarding us as a family lately. The focus on our family, instead of the job, seems a tad strange to us. We’re just not that interesting; at least we’re not any more interesting then the next person that someone hasn’t taken the time to get to know yet. I, myself, am especially not that interesting; being just a lowly mother and wife trying to do her best in the world. Given all this, I’m impatient for many reasons, so I’m prodding the Mayor to hurry it up and show the City some tangible evidence that he is making progress on his list of priorities. He will. He’s impatient to get the work done, too.
Our anniversary is tomorrow. Funk has been the “lucky man” for 28 years now. I read in the paper today that lots of folks are getting married tomorrow because it’s 7-7-07, which is supposed to be lucky. Fortunately for us, we’ve been blessed without having the triple 7’s on our side. All it has taken is deep adoration and a willingness to slug it out in the trenches when necessary. I hope your marriages are as delightful as ours has been.
Until next week.
All the best,
Gloria & Mark
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The Mayor’s top ten priorities:
1. Establishing a good working relationship with the Council
2. Getting the City’s finances in order
3. Making downtown work
4. Tending to our neighborhoods
5. Implementing the Housing Policy task force recommendations
6. Improving the perception and the reality of public education in Kansas City
7. Reducing Crime
8. Repairing our sewer systems
9. Establishing an excellent regional transit system, which includes light rail
10. Improving citizen satisfaction with City services.
Lake levels for Oologah- 2 feet over it's spillway and Texoma- only 0.3 of a foot from it's spillway- are included on this page.
Image one is the Lake Texoma dam and spillway-
the next image is from 1990- the last time Texoma went over it's spillway.
Truman's doing fine- with about 15 feet left to go in it's flood-control pool and pretty much all it's floodwaters now contained.
UPDATE- 1257 CDT - The man's body was reported found Thursday night in a room at the flooded-out Budget Inn. Click HERE for the story from The COFFEYVILLE JOURNAL.
Both networks are showing this crap live.
Isn't there more important news????
The other incident involves a 12-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister in Enid-OK- where they kidnapped a neighbor's 1-year-old son- and was going to hold the infant for a "$200000 ransom."
I know kids are growing up faster and faster- but this is ridiculous....
I too shall be paying attention:
Whether the "news media" covers- covers and COVERS a FAR more important story in the "Scooter" Libby debacle or digs up some other non-celebrity to bore us to f-ing death with.
News media: Pay attention to serving your PUBLIC TRUST- not consultants!
Like I've said a billion times- politicians should be required to take pre-employment drug tests like all the rest of us do.
It's obvious Independence-MO pollys are tripping on SOMETHING....
Click HERE to read about the poll numbers and what some Americans who were interviewed have to say.
Again- and this is my take on this issue: If the government wants to give people in this county illegally amnesty- then the government should give amnesty to ALL non-violent marijuana users as well.
Is it any more of a crime being busted for smoking a joint than to be in another country illegally?
More flash-flooding occurred overnight in south Texas with more heavy rain over the eastern through southern parts of the state today.
One good bit of news: Lake Texoma- forecast to top it's spillway yesterday- still has not reached the 640-foot mark when spillway operations begin. But the lake is at 639 feet early this morning.
When Trooper Rich approached the car- driven by Joseph M. Vultaggio Jr.- age 21- from Gaylord-MI.- Vultaggio shot Rich in the chest- killing him instantly.
Vultaggio then reloads the shotgun- then kills himself.
The Captain's condolences go out to Trooper Rich's family- friends and co-workers.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Kids love to play adult with unusable cell phones too. This combination led to 300 untracable 9-1-1 calls made to the public safety emergency center in a suburban Chicago town.
The parents of the Carpentersville girl found this out from police - only because a wise 9-1-1 calltaker took a ficticional McDonald's delivery order and got the little girl's address.
Kind of odd- when since Proenza became director in January- he'd been praised for his candor.
Also- the POST article indicates one of the 23 staffers signing the poison-memo contradicted himself on earlier statements on a satellite.
Wonderful news for coastal residents as the hurricane season is underway.
And the best of luck with the rest of us keeping your head and above water at that....
Heavy rains are falling on those areas of northeastern Oklahoma that are just now seeing record floodwaters receed.
The NWS just issued a "Flash-flood Warning" for southern Tulsa County-OK and there are high-water advisories surrounding the Tulsa Metro.
These storms are oddly- moving west and southwest instead of FROM those usual directions- so no threat of any of those storms moving into the Kansas City MetroRegion.
Click HERE for the latest NWS warnings for Oklahoma.
Watch out pool owners!
It's reported on June 29- this child apparently sat on a swimming pool's filter intake- and shockingly- the suction pulled out a section of the girl's intestinal tract!
The child did survive this horrible accident.
The roof reportedly "pancaked" onto the 12th-floor- according to news reports from KOA-850AM in Denver.
Fourteen construction workers were injured- 4 seriously- according to the AP.
As you can see by the below Austin-San Antonio-TX radar image and the big white "L"- this meandering low pressure area has begun moving northeastward again.
There ARE indications that this low-pressure area could drift back northward and affect our region- hit hard by record floods- late this weekend or early next week.
Make appropriate "just-in-case" preparations and the Captain will keep you informed here....
Brooke Baxter- 16-drove her vehicle into a low-water crossing at N.E. 142nd Terrace and Williams Creek around 8:30 pm last night. (Thanks to "Killer" at NBC41 for the info).
Radar-estimated rainfalls of up to 5.5-inches had been indicated in that area- as I had noted on a blog post here last evening- in addition to a "flash-flood Advisory" I had issued well before the flooding began.
That and $9 gets me into a movie- I know....
The Associated Press now says 3586 Americans have senselessly died (last my words) in a war that had NOTHING to do with America's terrorist attacks of 9-11-01.
Also- a number of soldiers from other nations have seen their lives end as well.
Bush says "we'll fight (in Iraq) till we win." When will that be Dubya- 2163?
Watch the Hell out America and the World- The man is absolutely delusional!
But then I want my music to be freely shared- The Great Spirit intended me to be poor but to share whatever talents I had.
And- by God- I OWN MY STUFF- not the RIAA.
I was and continue to be VERY down on the RIAA suing American citizens for sharing other people's music. Most of the artists behind RIAA's heavy hand already HAVE enough money to buy and sell a small nation.
The latest beef is with a Russian outfit- allofmp3.com.
Apparently- they SELL the music to people who log-in- but apparently give "little or no royalties" to the artists.
If Russia won't stop this the article says- Russia's entry into 'The World Trade Organization' could be in jeopardy.
Apparently the manager issued the woman who called police "a warning for trespassing and (was) asked to leave" the Wichita-KS Wal-Mart store.
The AP article headline says the concerned woman was "banned" from shopping at that store.
Yours truly does not and will not shop at Wal-Mart- just for the readers' information.
It happened about 9 pm in the 35100 block of Indianapolis Road.
A medical helicopter flew Barrett to a K.C. trauma center where he died of his injuries.
I heard another call for "burns caused by fireworks" in south-Midtown yesterday afternoon- but those injuries were minor.
Temperatures in the 90's and 100's stretch the entire length of the West Coast- even in normally pleasantly-mild Vancouver- B.C.- Canada- where temperatures the next few days are forecast to reach the 85 to 90-degree range.
With the heat comes the dryness- and officials say conditions are prime throughout the West for serious wildfires.
Meanwhile back in our part of the country- rivers levels most places (except for the Texas Gulf coast) are falling.
Truman Lake in Missouri should handle all the Kansas floodwaters with room to spare however.
The next chance for any additional widespread rainfall in the MetroRegion should come early next week.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Except for the Fishing River basin of Clay and Ray counties- I'm cancelling my flash-flood advisory as well. Some areas of N.E. Clay and N.W. Ray have had radar-indicated 5-inch rain totals.
I heard two "high-water rescues" of people stranded in their cars on city streets by high water from about 4:30 to 6 pm this afternoon. One was Independence Avenue & Ewing in N.E. KC-MO and the other was on Blue Parkway near Elmwood.
A broader area of lighter rain should be moving out of the northern and central Metro by 9 pm..
Very heavy rain has been observed in northern Overland Park-KS and gutters are running full.
Thunderstorms with rainfall rates of 1-2 inches an hour will move slowly south over these areas during the next 2 hours.
In addition to the rainfall- deadly lightning- wind gusts up to 50 m.p.h. and hail up to nickel sixe is also possible.
NO OTHER DETAILS YET.
UPDATE 1440 CDT: JEFFERSON COUNTY-KS SHERIFF DISPATCH REPORTS RECEIVING "SEVERAL REPORTS" OF A TORNADO NEAR THE WINCHESTER COMMUNITY IN NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY KS.. ONE WAS AT "142ND & MARION ROAD" AT 1438 CDT.
THERE ARE SO FAR NO REPORTS OF DAMAGE AND I CAN'T SEE THE TORNADO ON VELOCITY SCANS OF THE NWS RADAR PROGRAM HERE.
ALSO- THE ENTIRE KANSAS CITY METROREGION HAS BEEN PLACED UNDER "A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NO 485" UNTIL 10 PM..
Until recently police had no suspects in custody.
They do now and anticipate more suspects to be arrested for the death of David Morales.
Not surprising- with a weak front and an "outflow boundary" from storms this morning nearby- temps in the mid to upper 80's and dewpoints in the 70 to 75 degree range...
Keep an eye on those puffy cumulus clouds this afternoon. Some will puff-up into a good- old-fashioned American cumulonimbus cloud.
More as received....
This developing weather situation will be updated here in a couple of hours- sooner if needed.
Our ole president says (among a jillion other forgettable things) he's tough on crime and appoints a federal judge- Reggie Walton in 2001- who is also tough on crime.
Dubya appointee Judge Walton it seems was TOO tough ... Walton's the one who sentenced "Scooter" Libby.
I urge every American to get a copy of PATRIOT Acts 1 & 2 and read them. The Acts are available online doing a Google search- I have a copy here if anyone wants to email for one.
While the World Trade Center buildings burned- some of us were asking even then how many freedoms this act of terrorism would cost us.
If you read the results of 9-11 that were the PATRIOT Acts- you might wonder who was being "punished"- the American citizens or terrorists.
The government now decides if you are "an enemy combatant" or not. The way the Acts are written- you can be labelled an "enemy" simply by exercising your American right of say- protest.
Let's say you and your family are away for the weekend. Were you aware that law enforcement can now- without a warrant- enter your residence or business and "look around?"
These are just some of the provisions in the PATRIOT Acts that makes me wonder who the "PATRIOTS" really are.
I won't even mention how- with tacit government approval- corporations are moving well-paying jobs HERE to lower-paying labor elsewhere. We're becoming the UCSA - the United Corporate States of America.
Not even half of Americans eligible to do so bother to vote. Americans seems to shrug off corporate gougings- high gas prices for example- complaining but really- doing nothing about it.
The present government is involved in secret prisons and mis-truths and flat-out lies. Yet STILL a third of Americans are so blind- 32% STILL think Bush is doing a "good job."
You-all have a great time partying today. Go- celebrate what once was.
I'll be in mourning again- for Independence Days lost forever....
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Boots recorded more than 40 albums- many instrumental covers of country songs.
Mr. Randolph suffered a stroke in Nashville- the town he helped make famous- on June 25 and family removed life support Tuesday.
This time Groucho dedicates an oldie but goody by CHICAGO --- 'Harry Truman' to all his fellow patriots.
America needs you
Harry could you please come home?
Things are looking bad,
I know you would be mad,
To see your favorite men
Prevail upon the land you love;
How we got here?
Harry all we get is lies;
Were gettin safer cars,
And rocket ships to Mars,
From men who'd sell us out
To get themselves a piece of power;
We'd love to hear you speak your mind
In plain and simple ways;
Call a spade a spade
Just like you did back in the day;
You would play piano,
Each morning walk a mile,
Speak of what was going down
With honesty and style;
Harry you knew what to do;
The world is turnin' round and losin' lots of ground,
Oh Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love,
Oh woah woah woah;
Harry you knew what to do
The world is turnin round
And losin lots of ground
Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love,
Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love,
Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love.
Needless to say- there shouldn't be ANY recreational boating on at least two regional flood-control lakes on July 4.
Truman Lake's dam at Warsaw-MO is holding back the record floodwaters from the Big Creek- Marais des Cygnes and Little Osage rivers- as well as major floods on the South Grand and Marmaton rivers.
Next is a map of Truman Lake.The light blue is the lake at normal "conservation pool" or level. I have filled- in darker blue- the additional land set aside for flood control that would be flooded if the lake reaches it's maximum flood-control pool of 639 feet.
Northeast of Tulsa-OK- the Army Corps of Engineer's Oologah Lake is catching the record floodwaters (and the spilled 42000-gallons of Coffeyville oil) from the Verdigris River.
The Verdigris crested at 3 pm yesterday at Lanapah-OK- the last river gage before the lake- at 42.89 feet.
The chart below is a 3-day comparison of the lake level- the flood inflow into (huge) and floodgate discharges (small) out of the lake.
This lake is rising at about .2 of a foot per hour - or a foot every 5 hours and is less than 4 feet from the listed top of Oologah's maximum flood storage capacity.
Flood Control Pool: Bottom = 638.00, Top = 661.00
ELEVATION STORAGE INFLOW RELEASE
FEET ACFT CFS CFS
06/30 10:00 647.39 891175 47373 0
07/01 10:00 649.76 990014 48356 0
07/02 10:00 652.10 1093401 101203 21010
07/03 09:00 656.84 1325256 156647 25309
07/03 10:00 657.04 1335662 ---- ----
There are some indications a cool front moving southward into the Kansas City MetroRegion tomorrow (July 4) could slow down or hang up for a day or two south of us- which could be the focus for additional rains.
This will be monitored closely and reported here.
Thanks for all the great music Miss Sills- goodbye and Rest In Peace....
(Scene fade back to 1968)
Doctor Of Love: "This one's going out to a lovely lady in Edmonton- Alberta- Canada from a teenaged weather guy in Kansas City- Missouri- USA.
Weird dedication - he says "Stay beautiful Songbird and we'll meet in about 37 years!""
"Ha-Ha! From the KC weather guy to Edmonton's songbird- The Doctor spins The Monkees and their latest ditty roaring up the charts- Daydream Believer."
Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings,
Of the (song)bird as she sings,
The six o'clock alarm would never ring;
Whoops- it rings, and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes,
My shavin' razors' cold and it stings;
Cheer up, sleepy Jean,
Oh, what can it mean,.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen;
You once thought of me
As a white knight on a steed,
Now you know how happy I can be;
Oh, and our good times starts and ends
Without dollar one to spend,
But how much, baby, do we really need?
Cheer up, sleepy Jean,
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer,
And a homecoming queen?
Cheer up, sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean
To a daydream believer,
And a homecoming queen?
Don't shoot the messenger- I too have plans for a cook-out and watching a cool fireworks show Wednesday evening at Lake Tapawingo (all are welcome too).
The graphic below (click to enlarge) tells the story though. A cool front will be in our area late tomorrow and this will trigger showers and thunderstorms in our warm and VERY humid atmosphere.
The NWS' Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has moved the "slight risk" area further westward since yesterday's forecast and I concur with possibly a scattered line of strong storms developing Wed. evening and moving through.
So far- no indications of flooding rains- but the stronger thunderstorms will produce torrential rains while they are overhead with caution to those living in the southern half of the KC Metro where soils are saturated.
At least there are no indications that any of that bad stuff made it out of China but really- those people are having some SERIOUS problems when it comes to producing healthy food.
Stages continue to fall along the Marais des Cygnes river as the flood crest has now entered the upper reaches of the Osage River above Truman Reservoir.
Down south water remains high. Officials continue to watch an oil slick produced by 42000 gallons of oil spilled into floodwaters in Coffeyville-KS..
No rain in the forecast for any of the flooded areas until late Wednesday or early Thusrday and certainly no rain amounts like 5 days ago.
Monday, July 02, 2007
A pesky mid-atmospheric-level low pressure area that has caused deadly and devasting rains and flooding from the Texas Gulf coast northward to the Interstate-70 corridor in Kansas and Missouri continues to meander- southwestward now.
It should not move back this way- but we'll have a front moving down to possibly mess up the fireworks on the Fourth of July with possible strong thunderstorms.
The below visible satellite and radar image depicts today's good weather news/bad weather news: the good is a massive storm cluster is just southwest of and moving away from flood-ravaged Wichita Falls-TX..
The bad is this cluster is moving southward into the Colorado River basins hit hard by floods 10 days ago.
Almost 50 miles due south also near the Kansas-Missouri state line southeast of Trading Post-KS- the Marais des Cygnes River's flow was more than 3 times the rate of the Missouri: 156000 cfs and a stage of 38.82 feet - and rising.
Here's the story- compliments of Sunday's The COFFEYVILLE JOURNAL.
Thousands Displaced, East Coffeyville Submerged
COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Between 2,500 and 3,000 Coffeyville residents are now displaced. Some have found homes with family members, others are residing in temporary shelters, and more are searching for answers or are deep in prayer. Over 50 rescues have occurred, and many more public service calls were handled to ensure people were evacuated safely. Aaron Phillips of the American Red Cross reported 141 individuals sheltered in the Coffeyville area, and numerous others in the county and surrounding counties. “Everything went really well with the shelters,” he said.
It’s not over yet. The river crested at 30.2 feet as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 3.7 feet above the levee’s level at 26.5 feet. It is projected to continue rising.
“The water levels in town will continue to rise,” said Jeff Morris, Cty Manager. This is the factor affecting Coffeyville residents, and the water will be here for a few days. The water flowing over the levee is pouring into Coffeyville, and until the river drops below 26.5 feet, the water within the city cannot be pumped out.
Residents are not permitted into homes west of Patterson Boulevard. Police are stationed at intersections and can ticket individuals who attempt to avoid the barricades or officers. “The city of Coffeyville has been conducting evacuation and rescue operations since approximately 2100 hours,” or 11 p.m. Saturday, the city Emergency Operations Center reported in a release Sunday.
The river level is not the only concern. The standing and flowing water is dangerous. Fire Department Captain James Grimmett reported the Corps of Engineers reported the levees were strong and the water was overtopping the levees, not flowing through a weakened or broken levee.
Polluted water is also a significant issue. “The flood water is polluted and children should not be allowed to play in the flood water,” the EOC said. Coffeyville Fire Chief Greg Allen confirmed a hydrocarbon release into the flood waters. “We don’t know the quantity or the source,” he said. The pollutants as well as potential disease were both causes for concern for those that have been in the flood waters."
Coffeyville Resources reported they were the source of the hydrocarbon spill and the company has shut down operations at its refinery and nitrogen fertilizer plant in Coffeyville, stated Angie Dasbach, Director of Corporate Affairs for Coffeyville Resources. “The company is monitoring the situation and will resume operations only when it is safe to do so,” Dasbach said. “As part of its response to the flooding, Coffeyville Resources is working to contain what appears to be about 1,000 barrels of crude oil that overflowed from a storage tank on the north end of the property. The majority of the overflow is contained within the facility boundaries at the present time. The company is also reporting a small ammonia release to the atmosphere and believes there to be no threat to the immediate community,” Dasbach continued.
County Health Director Ruth Bardwell advised that people who had been in the water should seek out her office, at 908 Walnut, if they had not had a tetanus shot within the past five years. She warned that if a person had an open wound or cut, the booster needs to be administered within 72 hours if exposed to the water. Additionally, people who need medications should contact the Red Cross, not the hospital.
The city’s water supply is safe to drink. However, the city encourages everyone to conserve drinking water. The pumps at the Water Treatment Plant went offline Sunday afternoon, and can not be turned on again until the river level drops below the levee. “Citizens should also ensure they have an adequate supply of drinking water in reserve for all members of their family,” the city advised. There is a fresh water reservoir for the city which is estimated to be able to last three days, as long as people conserve water.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant went offline around 3 a.m., but does not affect Coffeyville’s drinking water supply.
Below are the latest NWS River Forecast Center flood graphics- click HERE to view them or for personal future reference.
The first one is Osawatomie showing the stage on the Marais des Cygnes River at 48.17 feet - down from the maximum recorded stage of 49.19 - or 1.11 feet below the 1951 all-time record of 50.3 feet.
The next image is downstream along the Marais- the small community of La Cygne in northeastern Linn County-KS.. Here- the river appears to have crested at 36.07 feet at 5 am this morning- or only 0.12 of a foot below their 1951 record crest of 36.19 feet.
Still of concern are the two major highways going south from Kansas City.
U.S. 69 remains closed- covered for miles by floodwater south of Miami County-KS..
Television news helicopter video shows U.S. 71 now resembling a causeway over a 5-mile long lake from floodwaters of the Marais des Cygnes- Marmaton and Little Osage rivers in southern Bates and northern Vernon Counties Missouri- 50 to 75 miles south of Downtown K.C..
U.S. 71 is still open- according to a call to the MO Highway Patrol- but "water is nearing the roadway in several places" a trooper said.
Now it's reported many of those people couldn't get into AT&T to activate their phones.
Not surprising- I dealt with AT&T's customer service around the turn of the century and after the most RUDE "customer service" I ever received from ANY company- I won't give AT&T so much as the time of day.
Anyone who deals with AT&T for anything kind of deserves what they get....
A big part of that celebration was Diana's two sons- Princes William & Harry.An estimated 65000 watched the performances in Wembley Stadium and many millions more watched worldwide on TV.
The river that inundated Independence & Coffeyville-KS is pronounced "Ver-dig-ree."
I've called my employer twice to tell them the correct way to say it- but apparently a big gap between the desk phones and the Teleprompter.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The results of nearly 2 feet of rain over 3 days are wreaking havoc over Eastern and Southeastern Kansas. A near-record flood crest has passed Ottawa-KS- about 20 miles upriver from Osawatomie.
A record flood crest on Pottawatomie Creek that runs along the southern edge of Osawatomie topped the levees just before noon.
As you see by the graphic below- the Marais des Cygnes River in Osawatomie is now at 48.23 feet- up from 47.48 feet at 1:15pm and now 2.07 feet below the record flood crest of 50.3 set on July 12- 1951 (the day before Kansas City's massive 1951 Kansas River flood began).
The river is also within 2.77 feet of reaching the top of the levee system protecting Osawatomie. Much of that city of 4600 people would be flooded if the levee is topped.
Emergency operations and voluntary evacuations continue in Osawatomie. Possible looting reported in the 1100 blocks of North 4th and 5th Streets reported at 4:54 pm..
River Gauge Location
River Gauge Reading at 1315 CDT - Sunday - (Almost 47.5 feet and still rising - the 2nd highest flood of record by 3 feet in Osawatomie).
(1) 50.30 ft on 07/12/1951
(2) 44.32 ft on 11/18/1928
(3) 43.30 ft on 11/03/1998
(4) 42.70 ft on 04/24/1944
(5) 42.48 ft on 06/03/1935
51.0 THE LEVEE AT OSAWATOMIE IS OVERTOPPED. WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF HOMES- BUSINESSES- AND ROADS BEHIND THE LEVEE OCCURS.
43.0 THE MISSOURI-PACIFIC RAILROAD TRACKS WILL BE OVERTOPPED BY FLOOD WATERS.
39.0 MANY ROADS IN THE VICINITY OF OSAWATOMIE ARE UNDER WATER. THE WATER ALSO REACHES THE BOTTOM OF THE MISSOURI-PACIFIC RAILROAD BRIDGE.
31.0 347TH ROAD...MAIN STREET...EAST OF HIGHWAY 169 IS UNDER WATER.
28.0 LOW-LYING AREAS ALONG THE RIVER BEGIN TO FLOOD.