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Posted on: May 22, 2019

City Addresses Water Issues Resulting From Excess Rainfall

With heavy rains affecting Osawatomie, please know the city's staff is closely monitoring river levels and its

ponding areas near the levee.

The city received a tremendous amount of rain over a two-day period, which only added to already swollen

rivers and saturated ground. To manage the excess water, four stationary pumps have been running since

yesterday, and six additional mobile pumps were brought in to handle the water. While the ponding areas

are full, the auxiliary pumps are helping city crews make progress.

At 3 a.m., city public works crews installed stop logs in the levee’s southwest gate to prevent rising water

from entering town. As a result, rail traffic has ceased at this time.

Currently, the Marais des Cygnes River is still rising. However, the river appears to have already crested

upstream in Ottawa. Based on current weather data, the Marais des Cygnes is expected to crest around 40

feet sometime today. Likewise, Pottawatomie Creek crested upstream around midnight, and is expected

to crest at Osawatomie after noon today.

The next locations where stop logs would be installed are First Street and North Railroad bridge. However,

based on current river level projections, the river crest would be below that point.

“Everything is being done at this time to keep up with the excess water,” City Manager Don Cawby said.

Osawatomie Public Works Director Bill Roseberry said he was impressed with how well city employees

quickly responded and banded together to get the job done.

“I really want to commend our staff from every department involved for all of their cooperation and how

well they were able to manage things,” Roseberry said.

SW Gate 

A view of the levee's southwest gate on Wednesday morning.

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