Missouri is well known across the US for harsh and unpredictable weather. In fact, the town of Lee’s Summit nearly experienced a tornado this August, but fortunately it didn’t touch down. Unfortunately, heavy rains on Friday the 26th caused the plaza and downtown areas to flood heavily. Thunderstorms and additional downpours were forecasted for the following Saturday as well, though the following rains were not predicted to flood the area again.
Thunderstorms poured rain over the majority of the greater Kansas City area, yet the rainfall was incredibly uneven. Towns, districts, and suburbs received anywhere between 3 and 8 inches of rain, thereby flooding waterways throughout the region. In addition, the heavy rains caused the Missouri River to overflow. The storm left many roads impassable, causing many to abandon their vehicles in search of safety.
The heavy rain was so severe that it created the need for several water-rescues in the downtown area. The southern side of Kansas City, Brush Creek, was so heavily affected that the water level rose 10 feet in a mere hour. There were 10 water rescues before 11 p.m. as a result of the flooding, according to the Kansas City Star.
In fact, the National Weather Service reported via Twitter that in a 24 hour period, as much as 4.56 inches of rain fell. On Saturday, the greater part of the floodwaters had disappointed by the afternoon, though the rivers and smaller communities were still flooded. The rain was so intense that some dry areas around the city received more rain in a three-day period than they experienced for the entirety of the summer.
Fortunately the St. Louis area wasn’t flooded like the Kansas City area. But as we like to say, if you don’t like the weather in Missouri, just wait a few minutes. Currently, we don’t know just how much aggregate damage the floodwaters caused in Kansas City, but you can bet that it’s exorbitantly expensive. It’s best to try to learn a lesson from this disaster so that you are better prepared for the future.
The cold truth is that it floods all over the Midwest, including Eastern Missouri and St. Louis. The very first thing you should do is verify that your home is protected from flooding and water damage under your homeowners insurance policy. One small oversight could mean unfathomably large damages that your insurance provider won’t cover.
Most home insurance packages cover water damage, but flood damage is a special stipulation. They make fine distinctions between coverage amounts for water damage caused by flooding and other types of water damage, such as a broken pipe or damaged roof.
Also, realize that were not out of the woods just yet, and we may still experience other large flooding events in the Midwest, as well as other regions of the United States. Remember to take care of water damage with a repair and restoration service as soon as possible, too, or you may pay the price with an outbreak of mold. Like most other problems in life, water damage is better taken care of sooner rather than later.