WEATHER: Most Disastrous Day

In a normal July, Kansas is as hot and dry as a wheat beard in the afternoon sun, with searing winds browning the stubble and curling the corn leaves. But this is no normal year. June was the wettest month in Kansas weather records (since 1886), and the rain continued into July. When torrential rains poured down last week, there was nothing for the water to do but run off the saturated soil. It ran with a fury never before seen in Kansas.

Almost every river in the state went wild, and the worst of all was the Kansas, which...

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