Monday, June 14, 2010

Water, Water Everywhere in Overland Park, Police Officers and Firefighters Teamed Up for numerous Water Rescues

I am sure everyone has been affected by the overnight rains. Our police officers were very busy checking the rising water on streets, creeks and streams throughout Overland Park. During and after the storms, police officers and firefighters joined together to perform many water rescues. Most of the incidents involved drivers who were stranded on streets which flooded quickly. The officers and firefighters donned rescue gear then went into the water and walked the car’s occupants out to safety. Cars were then either towed out of the water or were able to be driven out as the waters receded.

This morning the midnight officers coming in to make shift change were soaked from responding to all types of calls for service throughout the night. As always, they were concerned for the safety of our residents and drivers.

As of 9:00 a.m. this morning the following streets are still closed to traffic.

Kenneth Road 143rd Street to 159th Street
159th Street Mission Road to Kenneth Road
Mission Road south to 159th Street of the bridge at that location
151st street Mission Road to Kenneth Road

Drivers are cautioned not to venture into flowing water or to drive around barricades. Flowing water is deceptive and can easily wash away a car.