Another round of heavy rain. Another few days of drying out and cleaning up.
Saturday’s successive thunderstorms, particularly those in the evening, brought three to six inches of rain over four to six hours, according to the National Weather Service.
The ground is already wet, and all that water has to go somewhere. Take the Little Blue River. It’s not that long and its flow is controlled by dams, but late Saturday night near Lake City it spiked from about 5 feet to 20.42 feet in a couple hours. Flood stage is 18 feet.
The river fell steadily Sunday – through the shelter house at the Blue MIlls Road trailhead was still flooded late in the afternoon – and was down to 9.9 feet at noon Monday, projected to fall to 6 feet by Friday.
Several roads closed on Sunday were reopened by Monday.
All three of the county's major trails – Little Blue Trace, Longview and Lake Vista – remained closed to the public. All trailheads have been marked to let residents know. Crews, who have been working to repair damage left by the July 27 heavy rains and flooding, will once again assess the damage after these flood waters recede.
Drop-off sites in Independence and Sugar Creek are still accepting storm debris. Sugar Creek's is at Sterling and Evans and is open during its normal business hours. Only storm debris is being accepted. Independence's storm debris drop-off at 875 Vista Ave. will remain open through Friday. The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and it's free.