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12:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Emergency Workers Going Door-To-Door In Lindsborg To Gauge Flood Damage

Emergency management workers are going out door-to door in LindsborgĀ  to assess damage from flash flooding that forced the evacuation of several homes.

Lindsborg residents started returning to their homes Tuesday morning as the waters receded.

City Administrator Greg DuMars said between 124 to 140 homes were flooded, mostly in an area that encompasses two subdivisions. Some places were submerged under as much as five feet of water.

Emergency crews used boats to evacuate about 35 or 40 people from their homes on Monday, but only one injury was reported.

The Red Cross set up a shelter in Lindsborg, but no one used it. Displaced residents were able to stay with family or friends.

A few buildings at Bethany College also got water in their basements, but nothing substantial, said school spokeswoman Stephanie McDowell. Crews were working to clean up and dry out the carpeting and floors. The flooding did not interrupt the college's normal operation.

Lindsborg officials said between 4 and 5 inches of rain fell within about an hour Monday; the rain overwhelmed a retention pond there.