Torrential Rains Bring Flooding; Flash Flood Watch In Effect


Torrential rains on the evening on September 2nd into the morning of September 3rd brought flooding conditions to the Blue Valley. Reports of up to 7 inches of rain in Marshall County, along with 9 to 10 inches in the Manhattan vicinity brought flood warnings and a Flash Flood Watch to northeast Kansas.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for portions of north-central and northeast Kansas through 7 p.m. today. Rainfall amounts of a few to several inches have been common in the past few days with additional rainfall amounts of 1 to locally 2 inches possible by late afternoon. If you live in the green-shaded area, stay tuned to the latest forecasts and never attempt to drive through flooded roadways!

Mostly rain continues to set up over portions of the area, especially locations that have already had high amounts recently. Any further amounts, even if small, could cause more flooding concerns. The area in “Green” above run the highest risk of continued flooding through today.


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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 2020 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.