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Weather
9:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

UPDATE: What's Closed Because of Tuesday's Winter Storm?

The Kansas Department of Transportation confirms: yep, there's a lot of snow on the roads. As of 9:30 am on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Credit WichiWay.org / Kansas Department of Transportation

Update: Wichita State University has canceled classes for Wednesday.  

Update: Wichita Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 5th.

Update: Southwestern College has decided to close all campuses today, including its main Winfield campus.

The snow storm we've been preparing for is finally here. Almost all schools in the area are closed, as well as universities and many larger employers.

Closings on Tuesday, February 4:

K-12 Schools:

All Wichita Public Schools.

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Weather
6:34 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Despite Weather, Classes Resume Today for Wichita Public Schools

Credit Wichita Public Schools

Despite the wind chill advisory in affect for the Wichita area today and unseasonably low temperatures, classes for Wichita Public Schools are still set to resume today (Jan 6.)

USD 259 officials are asking students to bundle up extra warmly, and asking parents to expect delays on school bus routes throughout the day.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Crowson Cartoon: Rain!

Drought Conditions
3:47 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Drought Conditions Easing In Parts Of Kansas

The drought that has been gripping parts of Kansas appears to be easing.

Just a few months ago, about 97 percent of Kansas was considered to be experiencing drought conditions. Now, much of central and eastern Kansas is back to normal. That's according to Mary Knapp, with Kansas State University, who called the turnaround "exceptional."

“In central and southeastern Kansas we’ve actually gone from drought to deluge. We’ve got a number of locations that have seen incredible amounts of rain in the last three weeks,” Knapp said.

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Weather
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 Lindsborg  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.

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Community
10:10 am
Fri June 28, 2013

You're On Your Own To Clean Up After Thursday's Storm

Thursday's storm knocks over this tree in the Riverside neighborhood.
Credit Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

Crews from the city of Wichita are currently clearing tree limbs and debris that fell into streets and onto public property during the Thursday night wind storm.

However, they will not pick up debris from private property owners. Instead they are encouraging homeowners to work with their trash haulers to remove debris or take it to one of four Wichita locations for a fee. 

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Weather
8:58 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Weather Service Says Watch Out For Floods, Hail And Wind

Updated 9:00am

Heavy rainfall is flooding in parts of downtown Wichita Thursday morning, as well as part of Valley Center.

The National Weather Service reports that excessive runoff from rainfall will cause flooding in small creeks, streams, and low-lying streets and underpasses. Drive carefully and watch for flooded roadways.

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Emergency Response
1:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

KS Officials: Cash Donations Best Way to Help in Oklahoma

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is urging Kansans who want to help the recovery in Oklahoma to make cash donations.

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Weather
6:24 am
Thu April 25, 2013

April Showers Reducing Drought In Some Areas

Eastern Kansas has been running above average for rainfall during April, which is improving drought conditions in some areas. Mary Knapp is the state climatologist.

Transportation
3:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

KDOT Dropped 1.2 Million Gallons Of Brine During Historic Snowstorm

Streets are mostly clear in downtown Wichita not long after record snowfall, on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

During last month’s back-to-back snow storms, the Kansas Department of Transportation reports their snow crews pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 miles of highway – enough to circle the earth 35 times.

BY THE NUMBERS

Winter Storms Q and Rocky (weeks of Feb. 18 and 25)

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