Kansas City Floods
Kansas-Missouri Flood of 1951
Heavy rainfall in Kansas and Missouri during the spring and early summer of 1951 set the stage for Kansas City’s record flood. On July 13, the Kansas River breeched levees, flooding the Argentine and Armourdale districts in Kansas City, Kansas, and the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri. Damage in the metro totaled $500 million (or $3 billion in today’s dollars) with 28 deaths reported in the region.
1977 Flash Flood
On September 12, 1977, Kansas City experienced two once-in-a-century rainfalls in the same day. The USGS recorded over 11 inches of rain in Independence, with some reports of 16 inches elsewhere in the metro. It became the deadliest flood in Kansas City history with 25 deaths and over $100 million in property damage.