Flashes of 1977 as heavy rains cause flooding near Brush Creek

The intense storms that hit the area Sunday night have left a line of grass, leaves and sticks high up on the banks of Brush Creek as it runs along Porter Park toward the Village Shops. With the ground already saturated from a spring of heavy rains, the creek rose quickly on Sunday and jumped its banks, leaving deposits of debris as it resided.

Several residents with houses in lower lying parts of the area woke to find their basements flooded on Monday morning, bringing back memories of the intense flooding that struck the area in September 1977.

The city of Prairie Village announced yesterday that it was working with Deffenbaugh Industries to schedule curbside pickup of items damaged in the storms. To qualify for pickup, the items must have suffered water damage as a result of the rains. Building materials, such as drywall, will not be accepted. To schedule a pickup, residents must call city hall at 913-381-6464 before June 18 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit the city’s Web site.