More than 40 counties are apart of Governor Laura Kelly's disaster declaration. Southeast Kansas Counties included are Anderson, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Lyon, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage and Wilson. Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon says this is good news for businesses.
Purdon says for businesses to contact the SEK Department of Commerce representative if there has been any weather damage to your business.
We're now heading into Memorial Day weekend! Two reminders: The Click It or Ticket campaign will be in full force as law enforcement agencies across Kansas are taking a no-excuses to saving lives. Tickets will be issued if any adults or children in your vehicle are not wearing their seat belts.
Also, AAA says drivers will experience the greatest amount of traffic congestion today in the late afternoon as commuters leave work and mix with holiday travelers on the roads. An additional 1.5 millin more people will take to the nationals roads, rails, and runways compared with last year.
Drive safely, and wear that seat belt!
Coffeyville Public Schools USD 445 board of directors voted Monday to move forward with the bond election.
Yesterday, Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll had a conference call with the Kansas State Department of Education Facilities Committee which approved it.
Correll tells us what's next - click to listen to him on the airwaves!
Correll said many community members want to preserve the two historical buildings, Field Kindley High School and Roosevelt Middle School.
Some may think those buildings are too far gone, but Correll tells us what the structural engineers have determined.
So now we wait to hear if the state approves, and if it does, we'll be hearing a lot more about the details of the upgrades and remodeling in the near future
leading up to the Novemer election. Click here for a one-minute audio of Correll describing what is planned for improvements and upgrades.
Also, you may CLICK HERE to link to a prio May article where you can hear more from the Design Engineer,
Roosevelt Middle School Counselor, and Board President Darrel Harbaugh who talks about the TAX IMPACT of the bond.
Due to the weather the Caney Mayfest Kickoff Concert has been relocated to the Black Saddle Saloon.
Nothing else has changed the doors will open at 5:00pm and all ages are welcome.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at 9:47am for
Southern Elk, Montgomery, Chautaqua, and Southern Elk Counties until 12:45 today.
Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the areas. One to two inches of rain is expected over a short amount of time.
Flash flooding is expected to have already begun in at least parts of the following areas:
Coffeyville, Independence, Cherryvale, Caney, Sedan, Cedar Vale, Dearing,
Moline, Longton, Elk City, Tyro, Grenola, Peru, Liberty, Chautauqua, Elk Falls, Havana, Elgin, Bolton, and Sycamore.
A drone helped rescue a Montgomery County man who was stranded in his vehicle for about ten hours near the Verdigris Riveron Wednesday. Robert Harriman of rural Cherryvale was rescued by a boat a half-mile from the road by the Neodesha Fire Department. They were assisted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Harriman was removed from his vehicle and treated by Independence EMS and transported to an area hospital. Video footage from the drone owned by Micah Songer of Neodesha shows the vehicle nearly engulfed in the flood waters, more than halfway up the front windshield, showing very little space left inside. The drone pinpointed his location which was relayed to rescuers.
Richard George, interim sheriff of Montgomery County Sheriff's Department reminds all drivers to NOT DRIVE through flooded roadways.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Northern Osage County in northeastern Oklahoma and Western Pawnee County in northeastern Oklahoma until 11:30 this morning. Doppler radar indicates thunderstorms producing heavy rain moving into these areas. A quick one to two inches of rain is possible, which could lead to flash flooding on already saturated soils.
Some locations that may experience flooding include Pawhuska, Pawnee, Fairfax, Shidler, Ralston, Burbank, Elgin, Skedee, Grainola, Foraker, Bigheart, Pearsonia, Sunset Lake, Sooner Lake, Southern Kaw Lake, Webb City, Wah Sha She State Park, and Apperson. Stay tuned with us here at the Mighty 690 AM for more weather updates.
45-year-old Shawn Lynch, accused of murdering 28-year-old Kolton Edwards last Friday night, appeared at the Washington County Courthouse on Wednesday where he was charged murder in the first degree with deliberate intent. Lynch appeared before judge Kyra Franks through teleconference at the Washington County Jail. The State of Oklahoma set bond at $950,000 over the weekend. According to an affidavit, Edwards and Lynch were roommates at a residence on Sooner Park Road.
Lynch stated that Edwards had loaned him some money for groceries, but it's believed he gambled it away at a casino. When he returned, Lynch stated that Edwards was very angry and holding a metal baseball bat. Lynch then shot Edwards two times. Lynch claimed the first shot missed, but the second shot hit Edwards in the chest. A female and a male then allegedly arrived to pick up Edwards and transport him to the Jane Phillips Medical Center and then to Tulsa by ambulance where he died a short time later. Lynch is due back in court on Friday, June 7th at 9am.
CVR Energy, the oil refinery and nitrogen fertilizer plant in Coffeyville announced it is looking at “potential strategic alternatives” including a potential sale of the company. According to a press release, CVR Energy intends to “evaluate alternatives in combination with its ongoing focus on accomplishing its strategic objectives, prudently managing costs and operating its businesses safely and reliably”.
While the company has not sold, one of its subsidiaries was sold to Plains All American Pipeline, their 1.5-million barrell crude oil terminal in Cushing, OK for $36 million. CVR Energy notes it will not discuss or disclose further developments unless a specific transaction or event requires them to do so.
The Verdigris River at Coffeyville is at 22.4 feet as of 6:00 this morning. That number is down 8 inches since 9pm last night. The following streets in Coffeyville remain closed: Buckeye from 1st to Stark, Woodland from Cline to Buckeye, and the Intersection of 12th and Cedar.
Also, the levee is fine and has NOT been breached. The levee pumps are being continuously monitored by city crews, and the Water Treatment Plant is operating normally.
The newest addition to the Independence Police Department was sworn in at the City Commission meeting yesterday evening. Richard Sherley, who has been working for the city since 2013 and the police department since 2016, took the oath in front of both those in attendance at the meeting and the three city commissioners. Sherley is a husband and father, and received his pin from his wife, Jade.
It’s been a regional favorite for decades, offering dinner, drinks, and dancing. But, the owners of South Coffeyville’s Southern Supper Club announce they’re closing. They’ve hosted cowboys, country music stars, and friends. After a long run of sending out steaks, lobsters, and chops, Bill and Marilyn Folk have decided to retire.
The Folks hope customers will keep their memories of the Southern Supper Club close to their hearts. If you were hoping for one more prime rib dinner, it’s too late. They turned off the grill last weekend.
As for now the threat of additional flooding in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma is subsiding as river levels throughout the area are now dropping. Although levels are declining it’s projected that levels in most areas of the Verdigris, Neosho and Caney Rivers won’t get below flood stage until early next week. River levels are projected by the National Weather Service to continue dropping, however there is a slight threat of rain through Saturday night.
National Missing Children’s Day is observed this Saturday, and is observed every year on the 25th of May since first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, over 20 years ago. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is reminding Kansas parents to talk to their children about ways to stay safe. Schmidt said communication is key to ensuring our children have the tools they need to stay safe.
He urges parents to put a safety plan in place and take time to review it with your kids on a regular basis. It's also a good idea to keep identifying information on your children wherever they go in case they go missing. An identifying kit can include fingerprints, height, weight, and a current photo can help a lot to quickly locate a missing child. Here is an example of how to make your own Child ID Kit.
Currently, 74 children are missing in Kansas. To see the list, go to missingkids.org/search. In the search box under“Missing From,” select Kansas and then submit.
The deadline to get your survey turned in for Coffeyville's Downtown Revitalization has extended to this Sunday the 26th.
Leaders said because the online surveys are automatically tallied, they extended it another two days. Many people who have submitted surveys have taken time to write ideas and suggestions in the spaces given, and they are so inspired by what they're reading.
Take the easy, online survey by clicking on this link where's it's at Survey Monkey.
It's also on the Coffeyville's Reawakening Facebook page.
A flood warning continues for the Verdigris River at Coffeyville, but while the flood stage starts at 18 feet, the National Weather Service reports the river will continue rising to near 24.0 feet by early afternoon today due to heavy rains in the region, the level will begin falling again through this afternoon. City of Coffeyville authorities told KGGF this is not an emergency, and assures us that after the river rises to 24 feet around noon, the river will indeed be falling through the afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Labette and Neosho Counties until 10:30 this morning. At 6:30 this morning, the doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the two counties, and estimated up to two inches of rain have already fallen in some areas overnight.
Some locations that will experience flooding include Parsons, Chanute, Erie, Altamont, St. Paul, Thayer, Mound Valley, Galesburg, Labette, Stark, Earlton, Lake Parsons, Parsons Tri City Airport, Dennis, Big Hill Lake, Chanute Airport and South Mound.
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With river levels rising along rivers and creeks, the US Corps of Engineers estimates that about 50 levees will be overtopped. Earlier rounds of flooding caused dozens of levee breaches. The latest deluge closed highways in 17 Kansas counties and more than 330 roads in Missouri.
However, the The City of Coffeyville announced the levee has not been breached. They had heard numerous concerns and questions about it, but they report the levee is fine with the river level at 22.7 feet reported near midnight, and crews continue to monitor the levee pumps. Coffeyville authorities say the levee has remaining capacity to hold more water.
We have the following flash flood warnings for Southeast Kansas:
Fredonia until 10am.
Sedan until 10:30am.
Wellington from 10am today until 7am Saturday
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Southeast Kansas as well as Butler and Cowley counties until 10 AM this morning.
In addition, another Flash Flood Watch has been issued across central and south central Kansas from mid-morning throughout tonight.
Flood warning continues for the Arkansas River for the following areas:
at Derby affecting Sedgwick County
near Mulvane affecting Sedgwick and Sumner Counties
at Hutchinson affecting Reno County
at Oxford affecting Sumner County
and at Arkansas City affecting Cowley County
There'll be another in-studio performance tomorrow as the country band Lockeland stops by the KUSN studios in Coffeyville prior to their appearance at the Caney Mayfest. The trio released their debut single "Till the Cows Come Home" back in March of this year and plan to release an EP later in 2019.
Although the band operates out of Nashville, the band also has some SEK flavor to it. Kyndon Oakes, a member of the trio, is originally from Independence. The other two members, Mark Vikingstad and Michael Boris, are from New York.
The interview is scheduled for 9:10 a.m. tomorrow on 98.1 KUSN, with Lockeland answering questions about their music and giving a brief performance. The Caney Mayfest will run Friday and Saturday, with the festival open 3 to 8 on Friday and 7:30 to 8 on Saturday. In addition to the music, there will be vendors, crafts, games, and a Fun Run among other activities.
News out of Washington as Ron Estes appeared before Congress yesterday to request a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The request was denied, with Democrats forming the majority of those who opposed the vote.
The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires health care practitioners to give the same care to an infant who has survived a botched abortion as they would to any other newborn. In April, Rep. Estes signed a discharge petition seeking to force a vote on the bill once 218 Members sign on to it. Currently, the petition has 200 signatures.
In a statement made yesterday, Estes said the American people deserved to know where the members of Congress stood on protecting life and infants that have survived a botched abortion and promised to continue calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow the vote.
Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves reports no injuries associated with the storms that moved through his county last night. Also, there are no reports of power outages in Cherokee County. In checking the path of the storm, deputies have found only one building, a shop, that had roof damage.
As expected, Sheriff Groves says there are trees down and possible flooding on some county roads.
*** Photo from Galena Fire Department
The beautification of Coffeyville continues with the installation of some new light fixtures. Fifteen new fixtures were installed with Coffeyville Municipal Light & Power crews performing the work. The addition of the fixtures is just phase one of the project, with future plans including the complete replacement of the remaining downtown fixtures.
Photos of the new light fixtures can be viewed on the city's Facebook page.
The National Weather Service in Wichita posts a severe thunderstorm warning for much of southeast Kansas for Southeast Montgomery County, Labette County, and Neosho County. Ping pong size hail and 60 mph winds are possible for the warned area. Coffeyville has seen periods of heavy rain, cloud to ground lightning. Hail has been reported north of town.
Tune to the Mighty 690 KGGF for continuing coverage.
The John Redmond Reservoir gates have been opened and as of 5:00 this evening they are letting out around 23,000 cubic feet of water per second, which is up from the 10,000 to 12,000 they were letting out earlier. According to Labette County Emergency Manager Charlie Morse sometime around midnight they plan to up the amount to 30,000.
Morse says he doesn't see this affecting any towns. He says they are going to control it so it might to right to the edge of town but not cause any flooding in the town. There is room in the flood control pool for the reservoir so more rain won't have too much of an affect.