Flooding causing inconvenience in Miami

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 6/03/2013 5:23 pm Published: 6/03/2013 4:41 pm

Flooding is a big problem on the Neosho River in Miami, a park and the fairgrounds are underwater.

FOX23's Ian Silver said the river is still several feet over flood stage. Normally, the river is about 30 to 40 yards across, but on Monday the water ran 300 to 400 yards across.

The river is normally about a yard deep, now at 15 feet it's considered flooded and poured over the banks. On Monday, the river was about 18 feet deep

The flood isn't causing any danger or major damage, but officials in Miami are sick of it.

"It's a major, major inconvenience. It makes getting around town difficult. We have several streets that are blocked," said Glenda Longan, the Emergency Management director for Miami.

FOX23 learned it normally takes 30 seconds to cross the river on this bridge. Since it's closed, FOX23 crews had to drive about 5 miles around town to get to the other side.

Officials also said flooding in Miami is not uncommon.

"It's inevitable when Kansas gets a lot of rain," said Longan.

The last time was in 2011.

"We had this amount of water. Actually, it got into a business then. And we also had a 12-inch main break right underneath the river," added Longan.

Officials said the water receded quickly.

"We always hope it will go down very quickly. But it doesn't always happen that way," she added.

Officials are serious about people obeying road blocks. The fine for going around one and trying to drive through water starts at $500.

The Neosho River crested Sunday afternoon at 22 feet. The Army Corps of Engineers is working to ease the river levels down since it flows into Grand Lake.

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