UPDATED 3:51 p.m. Tuesday: Saline County Emergency Management has reported that K-140 Highway (Old 40) near Brookville now has one lane open.
UPDATED 2:23 p.m. Tuesday: Saline County Emergency Management has reported that KDOT has closed K-140 Highway (Old 40) at Wyman Road near Brookville for water over the roadway.
By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
Although the rain continues, local officials are cautiously optimistic that the forecast flooding for the Salina area will not be as bad as predicted.
“We didn’t receive as much rain here last night as anticipated, but they got more rain to the west,” said Hannah Stambaugh, Saline County Emergency Management director. “We’re not out of the woods yet, so we are still keeping an eye on Mulberry Creek and the Smoky Hill River.”
Indeed, flooding on both Mulberry Creek and the Smoky Hill River in Saline County has been downgraded by the National Weather Service (NWS). Late Monday afternoon and into the evening, NWS forecast major flooding on Mulberry Creek and moderate flooding on the Smoky Hill River.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, NWS forecast minor flooding for Mulberry Creek with a crest of near 24.7 feet by Tuesday evening. Flood stage for Mulberry Creek is 24 feet. NWS noted that Mulberry Creek, which runs through north Salina, also is expected to fall below flood stage Tuesday evening.
As for the Smoky Hill River at New Cambria, NWS as of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday is forecasting minor flooding with a crest of 28.6 feet by early Wednesday afternoon. Flood stage is 27 feet. NWS noted that the Smoky Hill River also would fall below flood stage by early Thursday morning.
As the anticipated flooding is not as serious as first thought, the City of Salina has decided to not close off a number of streets as planned, according to information from the Public Works Department. The exception will be North Ninth Street for which a decision will be made late Tuesday afternoon or early Tuesday evening.