- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2020

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) - Storms across south-central Kansas Friday are being blamed for a fatal vehicle crash as well as local road closures and rescues of people from stalled vehicles.

The fatal crash occurred around 5 a.m. after a driver hit a tree that had fallen in the storm in southwest Butler County, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The flash flooding came after more than 3 inches of rain and led a few water rescues and responses to flooded vehicles stalled in intersections, dispatch supervisor Jody Mader said.

The water rescues happened at around 7:30 a.m. in two locations in El Dorado and a third water rescue happened southwest of Towanda at around 9 a.m. There were no injuries.

Officers also responded to around several calls in El Dorado of flooded vehicles stalled in intersections, she said.

Butler County Emergency Management director Keri Korthals said flash flooding filled ditches that were already soaked from rainfall earlier in the week.

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