Daily Archives: 22 October, 2013

Kansas National Guard units assisting with repairs following flash flood in Colorado

More than 75 Kansas National Guard soldiers and airmen are in Colorado repairing roads washed away during a flash flood last month.

U.S. Highway 36 was destroyed by flooding between Lyons and Estes Park on Sept. 12, cutting off residents in the smaller, rural communities who live along the 25-mile stretch of highway.

Army and Air National Guard units from Kansas arrived in Colorado last week, according to the Kansas Adjutant General’s office. The units include the 891st Engineer Battalion from Iola, the 226th Engineer Company in Augusta, the242nd Engineer Company from Coffeyville, the 772nd Engineer Company in Pittsburg, the 190th Civil Engineering Squadron from Topeka and the 184th Intelligence Wing Civil Engineering Squadron from Wichita. The units have civil engineers and heavy equipment operators.

The Kansas contingent is working with Guard units from Colorado, Montana and Utah, a statement from the adjutant general’s office said. The 175 Guardsmen are working 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset, to repair the highway.

The work includes building the road, removing debris – including cars, trees and boulders – filling land areas washed away by the water and installing culverts. Since operations began in September, the National Guard units have worked 7,150 man hours, placed 320 feet of culvert, and hauled 10,980 cubic yards of fill material. That’s enough dirt to fill more than 92,403 standard bath tubs.

The Kansas National Guard contingent is scheduled to return home in early November.

Wichita weather: Windy and warm

Expect pleasant temperatures but also plenty of breeze today in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Highs are likely to reach the upper 60s under mostly sunny skies, with west winds shifting to the north and northwest and gusting to more than 25 miles an hour at times.

Lows overnight should fall into the mid- to upper 30s, with a few clouds and winds easing to single digits.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny with highs touching 70, forecasters say. It’ll be another breezy day, with south winds in the teens and gusting well into the 20s.

Wednesday night will be cold again, with highs in the upper 30s, before a cold front drops Thursday’s highs back into the upper 50s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.