FAIRWAY, Kan. — Strong thunderstorms moved through the Kansas City area Monday night and into Tuesday morning, creating record-breaking flooding and forcing emergency crews to conduct hundreds of water rescues.
The National Weather Service said as much as 9 inches of rain fell in one neighborhood, while a large swath around the city saw between 4 and 6 inches of rain.
Several water rescues have been conducted by the Kansas City Fire Department, Kansas City Police Department, Riverside Fire Department and Overland Park Fire Department.
The KCFD and KCPD say they have received more than 130 calls for water rescues. Overland Park Fire Department said it also responded to at least 16 water rescue calls.
The OPFD is working to rescue a family of seven trapped on the roof of a home. Officials say the family consists of four children, three adults and their pets.
Emergency crews were able to make contact with the family. They say the family is safe and calm.
Because of a lack of imminent danger and receding water levels, rescuers will allow the water levels to drop before evacuating the family.
Earlier in the morning, one rescue required firefighters in Kansas City to pull a woman from a tree in Kansas City, Missouri.
KCFD chief Paul Berardi said rescue crews had to wait for the rushing waters of Indian Creek to recede before they could get the woman down.
Berardi said the woman climbed the tree to escape her car being swept away by rushing water. She was rescued and was taken to an area hospital.
A man was also rescued from flooding at the Big Blue River in Minor Park near Red Bridge Road in Kansas City.
Ricky Wilson said he had driven his truck to another part of the park to avoid flooding when he realized he was trapped. He then climbed on top of his truck to avoid the rising water.
Wilson was able to contact emergency crews and communicated with them through flashing lights while he sat on top of his truck.
A rescue boat was sent to the floating truck and Wilson was able to jump onto the boat and was taken to safety.
Fire crews also responded to an apartment complex in Kansas City. Water was reported to be rising on the back of the apartments and flooded the complex’s parking lot.
Tenants decided to shelter in place instead of being evacuated. No injuries were reported in the area.
Emergency crews also responded to another apartment complex in Kansas City where tenants were evacuated.
Johnson County Emergency says businesses were in danger of “becoming inundated” by Indian Creek. A flood warning was issued for Indian Creek.
The Kansas City Police Department and Kansas City Fire Department went door-to-door around the area.
Residents were asked to voluntarily evacuate.