Flood warnings remain active for Arkansas City until July 7, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita.
The Arkansas River has been above flood stage for several days. At 2 p.m. July 5, the river stage was at 14.5 feet. Flood stage for the river is 11 feet.
Minor flooding can be expected in the area as the river’s level slowly lowers.
The National Weather Service anticipates the Arkansas will fall below flood stage by late today.
The Walnut River was at 18.9 feet at 9 a.m. July 5. Flood stage is 18 feet. The river continued rising to near 19.5 feet that night and will fall below flood stage late this morning.
At 20 feet, considerable flooding of farmland occurs. Widespread flooding is ongoing at Walnut Park, which was closed to the public on July 10, according to the City of Arkansas City. East Chestnut Avenue also is closed east of the U.S. 77 bypass due to water across the roadway.
“Remember not to drive through water. Your car can easily float off road in as little as 6 inches,” said Cowley County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Day.
Storm chances will remain in the forecast through July 10, although the chances of organized severe storms will remain low.
Temperatures in the upper 90s and high humidity will result in afternoon heat indexes climbing into the 105-degree range once again today and July 7.