Emergency preparations continue in Elwood

The Kansas Department of Emergency Management is meeting in Elwood to start round the clock operations starting tonight.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 7:07 PM

(ELWOOD, Kan) Preparations are continuing in Elwood the river rises...
The Kansas Department of Emergency Management tells said it is beginning 24/7 operations in the area tonight.
K-DEM says the latest forecast for river cresting is slightly higher now. Evacuations will be put into effect if the Missouri river reaches 30 feet.

While that is not in the forecast, officials urge residents to be prepared.

"We're not saying that you have to leave," Audree Aguilera, public information officer, Kansas Department of Emergency Management. "We're just saying be prepared for the worst case scenario it's better to be prepared than not."

The river is expected to crest at 28.9 feet this week. 

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Showers and thunderstorms are set to move into the area later this afternoon and overnight. Current models show the storms weakening before arriving into Missouri but will need to monitor them as there is the chance they could produce some gusty winds and large hail. These storms could also bring some heavy rainfall to the area. Best chance for thunderstorms will be after 5:00 p.m. through the overnight. Lows tonight are in the 60s.
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