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OSAWATOMIE – The Miami County Sheriff’s Office at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, issued a long list of road closings due to flooding in low-lying areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Marais des Cygnes River at Osawatomie and at La Cygne until Saturday evening. The NWS forecast calls for the river to crest at 39 feet Wednesday morning at Osawatomie.

NWS advises motorists should not drive through water crossing roadways. Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle related, according to NWS. As little as six inches of water may cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, and two feet of water will carry most vehicles away, according to NWS.

The best course of action is to turn around if water is crossing the roadway, law enforcement officials advised.

The following intersections were closed early Tuesday due to flooding, according the sheriff’s office:

  • 335th Street between Old KC and Plum Creek roads
  • 335th Street between Pressonville and Pleasant Valley roads
  • 265th Street and New Lancaster Road intersection
  • 347th (Main) Street east of Osawatomie.
  • Osawatomie Road North of 327th Street, bridge washed out.
  • Somerset Road between 267th Street and Kansas Highway 68
  • 287th Street and Oak Grove Road
  • 403rd Street and Plum Creek
  • 399th Street and Hedge Lane
  • 343rd Street between Victory and Columbia roads
  • 311th Street east of Baptiste Drive
  • 343rd Street between Victory and Columbia roads
  • 311th Street east of Baptiste Drive
  • 287th Street east of Cedar Niles Road
  • 303rd Street west of Paola

Additionally, residents are reporting motorists should be mindful of high water and road damage on Bethel Church Road, south of 287 Street, and at 319th and Plum.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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