Area residents are wringing out after moderate to mammoth rainfall totals Wednesday night.
Storms dumped heavy rain across much of Lyon and several surrounding counties, leading to multiple street ponding reports. Two feet of standing water was reported in the 900 block of Burns and the 1400 block of Prairie, and significant water ponding was noted in eastern Emporia. Rain totals:
KVOE studios: 3.2 inches
East Emporia: 2.4 to 3.15 inches
Southeast Emporia: 2.8 to 4 inches
Camp Alexander area: 2.9 inches
North central Emporia: 3.25 to 3.5 inches
Northwest Emporia: 3.6 to 4.5 inches. Prairie between 14th and 15th reporting 4.25 to 4.5 inches of rain.
West Emporia: 2.5 inches
Emporia KTA gate: 3.2 inches
West central Lyon County: 0.9 inches
Southwest Lyon County: 3.3 inches
Emporia Municipal Airport: 2.1 inches
Allen area: 1.7 inches
Americus: 2.75 inches
Between Olpe and Hartford: 2.6 inches
Bushong area: 0.60 inches
Lebo area: 0.22 inches
Madison area: 1.3 inches
New Strawn: 1.25 inches
Olpe: 3.6 inches
Reading: 1.6 to 2.4 inches
Saffordville area: 0.55 inches
Thorndale area: 1.4 to 3.5 inches
The heavy rains flooded the Mechanic Street underpass, and a water rescue was called in around 10:30pm at that location. Emporia Police say 1.5 to 2 feet of water flooded the underpass, and one vehicle which tried to drive through the water stalled, with water entering the vehicle. All five passengers in the car were unharmed, and the underpass was clear of water by 11pm.
Several basements were flooded in northwest Emporia. It's unclear if that was widespread.
In addition, the storms brought frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. A utility pole fire in the 1100 block of West South was reportedly caused by a lightning strike around 9pm. There were several power outages across Emporia, likely due to lightning.
Wind reports were spotty, although the Emporia Municipal Airport reported a 69 mph wind gust Wednesday evening.
A tree was reported downed near the intersection of Roads 300 and "G" shortly after 8 pm. The reason behind that incident is unclear.
Other issues from last night: the Lyon County Sheriff's Office dispatch number was offline for a short time and the Lyon County Fair activities, including the carnival and 4H Rodeo, had to be halted early. The fair has not mentioned plans for rescheduling the rodeo events not held due to the storms.
The activity Wednesday is ushering in an unsettled weather pattern for the area. Storm chances persist, at least at a slight level, through Sunday.