Authorities blamed flash-flooding Tuesday for the death of a man whose vehicle was swept away by a torrent linked to thunderstorms that pummeled portions of Kansas and Missouri, prompting numerous rescues of stranded motorists and others who scrambled to safety atop a roof and tree.
According to the Overland Park Fire Department, the family was able to leave the roof once the water receded.
Emergency crews also responded to the Aspen Creek Apartments, located at 139th Street and Holmes Road in Kansas City.
Residents will be asked to voluntarily evacuate.
The Kansas City Police Department and Kansas City Fire Department went door-to-door around the area of Indian Creek from 103rd and State Line Road to Wornall Road, along with the area of 99th and Holmes.
Fire crews responded to the Willow Creek Apartments, located on W 99th Terrace between Wornall and Holmes Roads.
Kansas City firefighters were later able to retrieve the woman. Tenants at the complex were evacuated.
Indian Creek in the south metro topped its previous record crests from July 27.
Tornado watch issued for WNY until 9 pm
As much as 15 to 25 mm of rain are expected, and the forecast maximum temperature is 28 degrees Celsius with a humidex of 36. Flash flooding was reported near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Monday afternoon as up to 7 inches of rain fell in the area.
Several schools in the region issued delays and cancellations for classes.
Residents were reportedly trapped in a home due to flooding near the town of Hillsdale Tuesday morning, about 30 miles south-southwest of Kansas City.
One woman was rescued from a tree after the flood swept her auto away, and able to remove herself from the vehicle to safety.
The OPFD is working to rescue a family of seven trapped on the roof of a home near 155th Street and Kenneth Road in Overland Park, KS. Two people sat on the roof of a auto as they waited on rescuers.
The National Weather Service reported no immediate deaths linked to the severe flood, which is the second of its kind to occur in Kansas City over the past month. A stretch of Interstate 35 southbound near downtown Kansas City was reported to have 2 to 3 feet of water covering the road Monday night. They say the river has risen to 32.7 feet, 8.7 feet about flood stage.
Parts of the Kansas City metro area picked up over 9 inches of rain, as three rounds of heavy rain pounded the area Monday morning, then Monday afternoon, then again Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
The Weather Service is asking people to move to higher ground.
The river is expected to crest near 34 feet at about 6:30 a.m.