Flood waters have again inundated many areas in Platte County, hitting harder this go around than in March for some areas, such as Tracy.
On Saturday, June 1, the Platte River rose up to force the closure of Highway 92 from the western edge of Platte City including the intersection of Hwy. 92 and Highway 273 in Tracy. The highway was re-opened Tuesday afternoon, but portions of Tracy and the fairgrounds remain underwater.
Thrill-seekers checked out the high water at the Grandstand at the Platte County Fairgrounds in canoes over the weekend, with images going viral on social media.
The Platte River has forced other closures east and south of Platte City, with water over Interurban Road at Highway HH. At Sharp’s Station, the water approached a record high at its crest on Saturday night. Humphrey’s Road is also closed near Humphrey’s Access.
Many rural roadways remain closed or are in danger of closure due to flash flooding — especially with more rain in the forecast for the rest of the week. There have been closures near Ridgely, Camden Point and Edgerton.
In Parkville, the Missouri River has taken over English and Platte Landing parks, rising up into the parking lots and cutting off the main entrance of English Landing Center, which remained open through an alternate access road.
Weston City Hall was again relocated to the police station on Market Street on Friday, May 31. As of press time Tuesday, city officials said flooding hadn’t been as bad as in March — when city hall was cut off and low-lying businesses flooded — and they hoped to return to city hall on Main Street later this week.
Highway 45 is also closed north of Weston at the Iatan Power Plant and northward into Buchanan County. Highway 59 to Atchison, Kan. remains closed.