Firefighters rescue Reno County residents stuck in high water

KWCH – October 11, 2018

Photo by Hutchinson Fire Department

One person is safe after a water rescue in Hutchinson Wednesday afternoon.

The Hutchison Fire Department tweeted out a photo of the rescue near 85th and Mayfield after high water swept a vehicle into a ditch.

“Do attempt to drive through any standing water,” said the fire department in its tweet.

Earlier in the day, Reno County Emergency Management held a media briefing in which they said there had been at least two other water rescues since Tuesday.

Reno County Commissioners signed a disaster declaration for the county on Tuesday due to heavy flooding. Gov. Jeff Colyer issued a disaster declaration for a statewide response Wednesday afternoon.

The emergency management said while the run-off is expected to recede, Cow Creek, the Little Arkansas River, Arkansas River and the Ninnescah River will continue to rise.

A major concern is Cow Creek due to rainfall, the amount of the water in the creek now, and the water coming down from Rice County. Cow Creek is forecasted to crest at 12.4 feet on Saturday. The emergency management said if the water reaches this level, roadways could flood and residents could be significantly impacted.

Because this is not a flash flood event, residents are encouraged to have a plan and evacuate if need be.

“If you choose not to evacuate, the first responders will not risk their safety to come unless there is a life-safety concern,” the emergency management said in a release.

During the disaster declaration, it is illegal to drive around or enter a body of navigable water for recreational purposes.

The emergency management says it only takes two feet of water to wash a vehicle away. They say driving around barricades is illegal and strictly enforced.


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