Flood Warning Issued For Big Blue & Black Vermillion Rivers


The National Weather Service in Topeka this morning issued a River Flood Warning for the Big Blue River and the Black Vermillion Rivers in Marshall County. The Flood Warning continues through late tonight.

At 8:15 a.m. today, the Big Blue River was observed at 26.7 feet, just shy of a foot over flood stage at 26 feet. Minor flooding is observed and the river is believed to have crested. The Big Blue River should fall below flood stage late this afternoon.

The Black Vermillion River near Frankfort was observed at 8:30 a.m. this morning at 20.8 feet, with a flood stage of 19 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and expected to continue. The river is believed to of crested at 28 feet already, and fall below flood stage late this afternoon.



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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.