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Flooding reported after heavy rains in Kansas City area

27 July 2017

Several inches of rain overnight has caused risky, metro-wide flash flooding Thursday morning, shutting down several roads and highways.

WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith says the storm system in Kansas City that has caused this flooding is the same system that will impact the Tennessee Valley tomorrow.

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Areas like Riverside and Olathe have seen rain rates of two to four inches per hour.

Several flood warnings also have been issued for rivers and streams downstream from the deluge. Water covered 103rd Street and flooded some businesses in the area. This is a stark reminder that flash flooding is risky.

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One of the hardest hit areas was near 103rd Street between Wornall and State Line roads. "Please don't be the next to make this mistake", the NWS added. The vehicle that was swept away was near that intersection.

Officials said flooding was forecast in the Missouri cities of Lee's Summit, Grandview, Belton, Raymore, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Greenwood, Peculiar, Holden, Garden City, Lake Winnebago, Cleveland, Leeton, Freeman, Chilhowee, East Lynne, Kingsville, Lake Annette, Baldwin Park and Centerview.

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Flooding reported after heavy rains in Kansas City area