Shawnee County Emergency Management

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News Releases

May 16, 2019


Contact: Mr. Dusty Nichols • 785.251.4150

Weekend Weather 5/16/2019

May 16, 2019

The National Weather Service, local meteorologists and emergency management are monitoring the potential for strong storms, severe weather and heavy rains occurring this weekend.

While some of the storms may not be severe in this area, they could impact those traveling as well as those engaging in outdoor activities.

There are also a large number of events and activities taking place this weekend in the Shawnee County Topeka Metro area and an influx of visitors and traffic will occur.

Emergency Management and our partners are assessing the potential for heavy rain and flood risks as the ground is still saturated.

If you live in flood prone areas, it is imperative that you have a plan of action if the water begins to rise.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Floods can strike at any time, often with little notice. Most of these deaths occur at night, when it is more difficult to recognize flood dangers, and when people are trapped in vehicles.

Please take this time before the storm to make a plan, build a kit and know how you will stay informed.

When driving, please remember the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” program provides safety and preparedness information.

To get ideas please visit or visit the Shawnee County Emergency Management website at for more information related to All Hazards Preparedness.

If you have any questions please contact Director Dusty Nichols or Planning Chief Errin Mahan at the Shawnee County Department of Emergency Management.

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