With a heavy downpour expected, flash flood warnings anticipated to continue throughout the evening and a dark wall cloud hanging over the city of Gardner, Mayor Chris Morrow canceled a scheduled city council meeting on July 6. Tornado sirens, which had been blaring throughout the community for more than a half hour, were finally silenced, but the rain was still falling.
Morrow made the call to cancel the city council meeting about an hour before the meeting was set to begin, Daneeka Marshall-Oquendo, city of Gardner communications manager, said.
“He said, better safe than sorry,” she explained.
City staff stay for city council meetings and some staffers live outside of Gardner, and meetings sometimes last late into the evening.
“And with the flooding issues, we didn’t want people possibly driving home in water they can’t see,” she said.
There were reports of two tornados touching down – one west of De Soto near Kansas 10 Highway and another in the north part of Kansas City, where a Walmart was damaged.
Flooding made several parts of the Kansas City metro impassable. The Kansas City Royals game was postponed, and fans posted photos of a flooding Kauffman Stadium.
Despite the severe weather threat, the impact in Gardner was limited. There was one power line down near Gardner Lake.
“We don’t have any reports of any damage,” Rod Hudspeth, Johnson County Fire District No. 1 Captain, said. “We just had a lot of rain and a lot of lightning. The call load was very minimal.”
At press time, the Gardner City Council meeting had not yet been rescheduled.