Saturday Rains Cause Flooding in McCook


Red Willow County and city leaders are assessing damages from Saturday night's flooding.

“We had another storm a couple weeks ago, more hit north of town that time; this one's actually a lot worse,” said Alan Kotschwar, Red Willow County sheriff and emergency manager.

Kotschwar says in a period of about two hours parts of McCook got between five to eight inches with eight inches reported further south and southeast of town.

While most streets in town are now passable, all of Barnett Park is still totally submerged and closed to the public. It's due to rainfall, not from the Republican River that runs adjacent to it.

Some county roads are totally washed out as well.

Kotschwar says now it's a matter of planning repairs, but also money.

“We do a little bit of budgeting, the county roads do some budgeting. It's going to involve insurances and we'll see if we fall under any kind of state funds or anything like that for damages,” said Kotschwar.

Kotschwar says he hopes to meet with other city and county officials this week to start putting a plan in place.

He reminds residents to stay away from barricades.

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