Car driving through flood watersWhen an enormous amount of rain falls, flooding can happen anywhere, including in Lenexa. Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S., so it is important to know what to do during a flood watch or warning.  

Flood watch vs. flood warning 

  • Flood watch - A flood watch or flash flood watch means that flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. Be aware of signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate, if needed.  

  • Flood warning – a flood warning or flash flood warning means that flooding or flash flooding has been reported or is imminent.  

What to do during floods and flash floods 

Floods occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall and can quickly cause extreme damage. In our area, they are typically caused by slow-moving thunderstorms or repeated thunderstorms.

If you are in an area under a flood or flash flood warning, you may only have a short time to react.  

  • If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately.  

  • Avoid areas that are subject to flooding, including dips, low spots or detention basins.  

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Never drive through flooded roadways – the road bed may be washed out under the water. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately, as rising waters can engulf it and sweep it away.  

  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. 

  • Children should never play near high water or storm drains.  

After a flood occurs 

  • Seek necessary medical care from your nearest hospital. Food, clothing, shelter and first aid may be available from the Red Cross.  

  • Report broken power lines to Evergy.  

  • Do not visit flooded areas unless you live there – your presence could hinder rescue and emergency operations.  

  • Boil water before drinking it. Pump out your wells and test the water for purity before drinking it.  

  • Check any electrical equipment for water damage before using it.  

  • If fresh food has come into contact with flood water, throw it out.