Flooding reported after heavy rains in Kansas City area - KCTV5

Flooding reported after heavy rains in Kansas City area

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Heavy rains across the Kansas City area have closed roads and led to numerous water rescues. (AP) Heavy rains across the Kansas City area have closed roads and led to numerous water rescues. (AP)
FAIRWAY, KS (AP) -

Heavy rains across the Kansas City area have closed roads and led to numerous water rescues.

Widespread flooding was reported after 4 to 7 inches fell over just a few hours starting late Wednesday in east-central Kansas and west-central Missouri.

Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi urged motorists in a tweet not to drive into high water. He says his department is responding to numerous high water calls.

A stretch of Interstate 35 near Lamar Avenue in Mission was closed early Thursday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says that road closures in the state include stretches of Missouri 2 and 23 in Johnson County and Missouri 79 in Pike County.

Several flood warnings also have been issued for rivers and streams downstream from the deluge.

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