WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita is banning all recreational activities on the Arkansas River, at least until October 17.
The river is outside its banks, and flowing much faster than usual while carrying a lot of debris. Officials will monitor the river, and reopen it when levels are down and the flow rate has dropped.
River flood warnings remain in place across Sedgwick County, as well as Reno County.
Derby and Mulvane are under a flood warning for the Arkansas River, until Thursday. The river may start to recede this afternoon, and it's expected to be below flood stage by Thursday night.
Peck is under a flood warning for the Ninnescah River until Friday morning. The river may fall below flood stage by late Thursday. A lot of rural roads are underwater in the Peck, Clearwater, and Viola areas. Several drivers became stuck in flooded areas Wednesday, but no injuries were reported. A driver was rescued from a partially submerged vehicle Wednesday afternoon near 95th Street South and 247th Street West.
Sedgwick remains under a flood warning for the Arkansas River until Thursday evening. The river should be below flood stage by Thursday morning.
The Cowskin Creek is also under a flood warning, at 119th street, until this evening. Typical flooding is expected in areas near the creek.
More rain is in the forecast for this weekend, but it's not expected to be enough to make flooding conditions worse.