Downtown Emporia experienced flash flooding around 5 p.m. A flash flood is flooding that occurs very rapidly, usually within 6 hours of heavy rainfall. Flash flooding may occur along creeks, rivers or streams. It can also occur in low lying or urban areas where drainage is poor. With flash flooding, water levels can rise very quickly, even at locations that did not receive the heavy rainfall but are located downstream from areas that did receive an extreme amount of rainfall. Flooding is the number one severe weather killer in the United States.
Photo #1 was taken from inside the Cable One building.
Photo #2, taken by Hal Smith from the Emporia Gazette, shows Emporia Fire Department Water Rescue team at the State Street overpass examining a vehicle for occupants.
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