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Kansas Flood Watch

Floods in Kansas have caused millions of dollars damage and loss of life. Nationwide, floods are responsible for more property damage and loss of life than any other natural hazard. The USGS monitors flood conditions at more than 180 streamgages across Kansas as indicated on the map. Water level and flow information are used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to make accurate flood forecasts. Included on this page are tables and maps that summarize flood conditions using real-time data from the streamgages, NWS flood forecast information, and publications that describe historic floods in Kansas.

Flood Watch

Flood Information and Publications

NWS Flood Links

NWS Weather Forecast Offices

Flood Maps

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For additional information:

    Brian Loving
    U.S. Geological Survey
    4821 Quail Crest Place
    Lawrence, Kansas 66049-3839
    Phone (785) 832-3516

Map of streamgages where the water level is currently at or above flood stage or at high flow.

This map, (from USGS's WaterWatch Web site), shows the location of stream gages where the water level is currently at or above flood stage (depicted as a black triangle) or at high flow (depicted as blue circles) The high flow conditions are expressed as percentiles that compare the current (i.e., within the past several hours) instantaneous flow value to historical daily mean flow values for all days of the year. Flood conditions may be more extensive than shown because the National Weather Service (NWS) has not identified a flood stage at all USGS streamgaging sites at or above flood stage is on the NWS River Conditions Map.

Turn Around Don't Drown
Turn Around Don't Drown

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown. You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.


    Follow these safety rules:
  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Turn Around Don't Drown Partners with the National Weather Service and The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.

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