Recent rain, snow creates muddy mess, stops some from getting to work


A storm system spanning several states is causing windy conditions here at home and a blizzard to our west.

Blizzard conditions are making it hard for people to see on Colorado highways. More than a thousand flights were canceled at Denver International Airport.

The rain in Northeast Kansas even stopped some people from getting to work. 

Jessie Mabrey is a Silver Lake resident who got stuck in the mud. Her road had almost a foot of mud on it. 

She said the last snowfall and this week’s rain are to blame.

“I was really upset and I needed help, I need help,” said Mabrey. “I can’t do this all the time. We gotta get able to get in and out and make our money and everything.”  

She got stuck while trying to make her way out of the mud but she was eventually able to make a few calls and get towed out by the township. 

The Shawnee County Commission said there isn’t much they can do until the ground is dry again. 

“The ground is saturated, you have frost in the ground it’s thawing out now,” said County Commissioner Bill Riphahn. “We just keep getting hammered with rain. Really you couldn’t send a piece of equipment out here to do anything. Not yet. You have to wait until it dries.” 

Mabrey said even though she was able to get help this time, she’s not sure what she’ll do if she ever needs help at night. She hopes the township will add rocks to prep the road for the next time there is heavy precipitation. 

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