- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities are warning of flooding after a spring storm dumped heavy rain across a large swath of eastern Kansas.

The National Weather Service says flood warnings are in effect until mid- to late Wednesday morning for more than a dozen counties. The counties include Douglas, Geary, Riley, Shawnee, Johnson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Atchison, Coffey, Franklin, Jackson, Lyon, Osage, Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee.

Meteorologist Matt Walters says fire crews helped a handful of Shawnee County families evacuate Wednesday morning after water surrounded their homes. He says a water rescue also was reported in Osage County.

Forecasters also are warning that the Marais Des Cygnes River at La Cygne and the Delaware River near Muscotah are at risk of flooding in coming days.

Several areas received more than 4 inches of rain.

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