• Evacuation orders issued for Coffeyville, others in Montgomery County

    By: Megan McClellan

    Updated:

    Quick Facts:

    • A mandatory evacuation has been issued for certain places in Coffeyville, Kansas as flooding from the Verdigris River continues.
    • The river crested late Monday night ahead of more severe weather incoming Tuesday evening.
    • A shelter is established at the First Southern Baptist Church through Tuesday night.
    • Highway 166 and 169 in, out and through Coffeyville is open.

     

    The Montgomery County Sheriff tells FOX23 that evacuations started Monday in rural parts of the county. Those impacted by the 2007 flood were asked to take flood precautions. Water is being released from Falls River Reservoir and Toronto Reservoir ahead of the flooding conditions likely in Coffeyville and Independence.

    Flooding in Independence, KS (1). Taken May 27, 2019. Credit: Autumn Bryant.
    Flooding in Independence, KS (1). Taken May 27, 2019. Credit: Autumn Bryant.
    Credit: Autumn Bryant.

    The City of Coffeyville, Kansas posted Monday morning on Facebook that because of the forecast along the Verdigris River, a mandatory evacuation has been instituted for those in the flood areas.

    They ask that everyone in these areas in Coffeyville evacuate and report to the Red Cross office on 8th street.

    Flooding in Independence, KS (2). Taken May 27, 2019. Credit: Autumn Bryant.
    Flooding in Independence, KS (2). Taken May 27, 2019. Credit: Autumn Bryant.
    Credit: Autumn Bryant.

    Shelters are being set up in several locations:

    • Coffeyville
      • First Southern Baptist Church where animals WILL BE allowed
      • Boys and Girls Club, animals will be allowed
    • Independence
      • Memorial Hall, animals will be allowed

     

    Roads are starting to be closed in Coffeyville as well:

    • Buckeye is closed from 1st to Stark
    • Woodland is closed from Cline to Buckeye

    MORE: Flooding, road issues across Green Country amid severe weather

     

    Flooding in Independence, KS (3) Taken May 27, 2019. Credit: Autumn Bryant.
    Flooding in Independence, KS (3) Taken May 27, 2019. Credit: Autumn Bryant.
    Credit: Autumn Bryant.

    Montgomery County Emergency Management, the Sheriff's Department, along with other county officials are keeping a close eye on these conditions as things change. Deputies along with the rural firefighters are going door-to-door to check on residents as well.

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