Tree branches down, low areas flooded
The Augusta area received heavy rainfall as a storm system passed through Butler County Monday night.
The Santa Fe Lake area, northwest of Augusta, received considerable damage from Monday night’s storm. Reports stated a camper was blown over and trees were downed in the park.
“Dozens of trees were uprooted and some camper and structural damage...The park entrance is gated off and the area will be closed during the initial clean up phase,” advised Rod Davis, SFL caretaker.
City crews were assessing the extent of damage on Tuesday. The lake will be closed for the next two days for storm clean up.
An isolated storm that developed, and quickly intensified on Tuesday morning, came as a surprise to many. Augusta was pounded with large hail - 1 1/2 inch reported - and torrential rain.
The storm left low lying areas flooded and streets strewn with leaves and limbs. Several downed power lines were reported in rural Augusta.
Homeowners in areas damaged by the recent weather are reminded to use caution during the cleanup and rebuilding to avoid scams by transient contractors.
With few exceptions, the law requires roofing contractors to obtain a registration certificate from the Kansas Attorney General in order to legally provide roofing services for a fee in Kansas.
The National Weather Service forecasts thunderstorms, some severe, tonight through Friday morning. The storms may bring downpours, large hail, and damaging winds.