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To no one's surprise, some Kansas areas reported near record amounts of rain for the month of May.

Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says the Garden City Experiment Station recorded 6.38 inches last month, the fourth wettest May on record. A year ago, the station recorded just 0.63 inch in May.

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The mayor of Wichita says despite recent heavy rain in the area, residents need to keep working to conserve water.

Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that heavy rain in south-central Kansas this month has helped the city's water supply, but conserving water is still important in order to meet future long-term demand. The city says in a release that Cheney Lake, one of Wichita's two primary water sources, gained more than 5.5 billion gallons since the beginning of the month.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jun 28, 2013
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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. 

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.

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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