Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CDT SAT JUL 12 2014

...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...

IN 1951...THE KANSAS RIVER VALLEY FLOOD REACHED A PLATEAU
WHEN THE KANSAS...NEOSHO...VERDIGRIS AND MARAIS DES
CYGNES RIVERS INUNDATED MOST OF NORTHEAST AND EAST
CENTRAL KANSAS...AS WELL AS MOST OF NORTHWEST AND WEST
CENTRAL MISSOURI.  PRIMED BY RECORD SETTING RAINFALLS
THAT HAD SWAMPED MOST OF THE AREA IN MAY AND JUNE...THE
FLOODING WAS ESCALATED BY STAGGERING 8 TO 16 INCH
RAINFALLS BETWEEN JULY 9TH AND 12TH.  THE KANSAS RIVER
CRESTED 4 TO 6 FEET ABOVE ALL PRIOR RECORDS FROM
MANHATTAN TO BONNER SPRINGS...AND CRESTS ON THE MARAIS
DES CYGNES...VERDIGRIS AND NEOSHO RIVERS CRESTED SOME 9
FEET ABOVE ALL PREVIOUS RECORDS.  SOME 150 COMMUNITIES
WERE DEVASTATED...ESPECIALLY TOPEKA AND KANSAS CITY.  THE
WORST FLOOD ON RECORD FOR THE KANSAS RIVER AND ITS
TRIBUTARIES CLAIMED 28 LIVES AND CAUSED AROUND $1 BILLION
DAMAGE.

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