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11 hours ago

Harvey County Parks

Because East Park and West Park are currently closed to due flooding this also means that the lake access is off limits as well. This is primarily a safety precaution. Water levels are above flood stage at both parks. This means that items you would typically see are now submerged, no longer visible, and are potentially dangerous to boaters. This would include electrical posts, picnic tables, fire pits, trees, etc. There is also a lot of floating debris in the water as well. Such as trash from submerged garbage bins, firewood left behind from campers, trees that have fallen into the lake, etc.
You can not rely on your familiarity of the park. Water is a very powerful thing. It picks up picnic tables that are anchored in concrete and moves them across the park, making us unaware of where they may be until the water recedes and exposes them. Along with picnic tables it will move fire pits, trash bins, trees, curbs, signs, etc. You never can tell what may be in the water.
During flooding conditions the water can flow at an extremely high rate. This can cause boats to become swamped or towed into overflow tubes unexpectedly. This could be life threatening.
Please respect our decision to make these areas off limits. It is with everyone's best interest that we make these kinds of decisions. Believe us, we do not enjoy this any more than you do. We would much rather see people enjoying the parks. We will have everything back up and going as quickly as possible (we will post updates as things change). Your cooperation lessens the burden on recovery and allows us to concentrate on getting things opened back up as quickly as possible. Thank You.
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Because East Park and West Park are currently closed to due flooding this also means that the lake access is off limits as well.   This is primarily a safety precaution.  Water levels are above flood stage at both parks.  This means that items you would typically see are now submerged, no longer visible, and are potentially dangerous to boaters.  This would include electrical posts, picnic tables, fire pits, trees, etc.  There is also a lot of floating debris in the water as well.  Such as trash from submerged garbage bins, firewood left behind from campers, trees that have fallen into the lake, etc.  
You can not rely on your familiarity of the park.  Water is a very powerful thing.  It picks up picnic tables that are anchored in concrete and moves them across the park, making us unaware of where they may be until the water recedes and exposes them.  Along with picnic tables it will move fire pits, trash bins, trees, curbs, signs, etc.  You never can tell what may be in the water.
During flooding conditions the water can flow at an extremely high rate.  This can cause boats to become swamped or towed into overflow tubes unexpectedly.  This could be life threatening.  
Please respect our decision to make these areas off limits.  It is with everyones best interest that we make these kinds of decisions.  Believe us, we do not enjoy this any more than you do.  We would much rather see people enjoying the parks.  We will have everything back up and going as quickly as possible (we will post updates as things change).  Your cooperation lessens the burden on recovery and allows us to concentrate on getting things opened back up as quickly as possible.  Thank You.

 

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You all are doing great work! Thank you!

Thank you for keeping everyone safe.

Thank you folks for all you do

Thank you for the updates...look forward to when all this is done so we can come the lake and camp, sure missing it

Thank you for all you do!!

Heather Jo Caselton

thank you for caring

Thank you for the continued updates!

Thank you for the updates.

Thanks for the updates hope it will be open for boating on Sunday

Thank you

Thank you for the information. I agree as with all lakes that have been flooding you dont know what debris is out there. I would rather be safe then sorry

Thank you for the updates looking forward to the day we can come out to camp and see park ranger Kass Miller and the owners of Hunter's bait shop

Haley Spencer

With this flooding is first street flooded?

And for all the park rangers you all be safe

Amy Phenneger hope its open by tbis weekend

OMG- Danger!

Adam Wade Ackerman

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Congratulations to the Kansas Learning Center for Health! They have been awarded funds from the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Initiative to help with the installation of a new garden area. #bcbskspathways ... See moreSee less

Congratulations to the Kansas Learning Center for Health!  They have been awarded funds from the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Initiative to help with the installation of a new garden area. #bcbskspathways

Our June edition of Know-Your-Deputy features Lanna Rommel. Lanna currently works in the Detention Center, but will soon be transitioning to become a road deputy.

Sheriff Chad Gay talks to Lanna about how she found her interest in public safety (0:21), why becoming a road deputy means so much to her (1:22) and the fulfillment in seeing people progress in the jail (1:43).
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Know-Your-Deputy: Chad Gay talking to Lanna Rommel

 

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Congratulations, Deputy Rommel! Thank you for your service.

Congrats on your new role. Be safe and thank you for your service!

Lanna... I’m just so PROUD of you. You have never let anything stand in your way of what you want. You’ve been a Firefighter and saved lives as an EMT and now you are on your way to being a Sheriff’s Deputy. Just truly amazed by you and BLESSED to be your Mom. ❤️❤️👮‍♀️ 🇺🇸

Congratulations!

Congratulations

Love what ya do! Keep it up!

Love it!

Awesome interview Lanna, keep up the good work and thank you for your service! Very proud of what u are doing! ❤️🇺🇸

Good job Lanna!

So proud of you Lanna

Congratulations Lan, proud of you sis!!

Congratulations Lanna! You will do great!

Lanna Rommel so proud of you hun ❤️❤️

Lanna Rommel so proud of you hun ❤️❤️

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17 hours ago

Harvey County Health Department

Pop on over to Camp Hawk for Vitamin D and fresh air!

Thanks for keeping us safe, Harvey County Parks crew.Flooding update Tuesday June 25, 2019.
West Park: Water is out of the banks of the river this morning. It did not recede over night as we had hoped. Unfortunately we will not be able to reopen today.
East Park: Water is still very high. We will not be able to reopen East Park either.
Camp Hawk: Remains open. Come on out and go fishing, have a picnic, play a little disc golf, enjoy the beautiful weather!
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Pop on over to Camp Hawk for Vitamin D and fresh air!

Thanks for keeping us safe, Harvey County Parks crew.

18 hours ago

Harvey County Parks

Flooding update Tuesday June 25, 2019.
West Park: Water is out of the banks of the river this morning. It did not recede over night as we had hoped. Unfortunately we will not be able to reopen today.
East Park: Water is still very high. We will not be able to reopen East Park either.
Camp Hawk: Remains open. Come on out and go fishing, have a picnic, play a little disc golf, enjoy the beautiful weather!
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Flooding update Tuesday June 25, 2019.
West Park:  Water is out of the banks of the river this morning. It did not recede over night as we had hoped. Unfortunately we will not be able to reopen today. 
East Park:  Water is still very high. We will not be able to reopen East Park either.
Camp Hawk: Remains open.  Come on out and  go fishing, have a picnic, play a little disc golf, enjoy the beautiful weather!

 

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When will west will open? Having my wedding there Saturday.

Praying East park will be open by Thursday 🙏 we have plans to come out.

Do you think west park will be open by the weekend ? Not much rain in the forecast so I’m hoping so

Is Camp Hawk accessible and open?

Brandon Lee Hasty right after i told kaylee we were goin 😒

Guess im not going this morning 😭 Audrey Iris

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East Park and West Park both remain closed today.
The river is still rising at West Park. Hopefully it will crest today or tonight. If so, we will do everything we can to have it reopened by the end of the day tomorrow. However, depending on what the river does, these plans may have to change.
The water level at East Park is still VERY high. Our plans to reopen East Park completely depend on how fast the water recedes.
Please keep an eye on this page for the most current updates.
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We really appreciate the great job you guys are doing!

Thank you

Charles Thompson

Ok

Bill Kunze

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The river at west park is expected to flood some time this afternoon. We are recommending people in the park begin to pack up and make their way out.
East park is very flooded already. Mandatory evacuation has begun and the park will be closed until further notice.
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Do not make a trip to either west park or east park today. You only become a liability when conditions are like this. They will change rapidly and it will be dangerous.

Dang we were thinking about going out to east Park to camp but will wait thanks for all the updates especially on east lake

Are either of the parks open yet?

There goes my plan to get to hunters bait shop

Tammy Croxton

Do you think west park will be open by next weekend?

Eric

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3 days ago

Harvey County Communications

A story of some good that comes out of a tragedy...This story, after the events of this week, is a little bit of light in the darkness. Please indulge us, and let us tell you the story. The dispatcher that was on the radio channel last Wednesday night didn’t have to be there. His trainee was sick and he was offered the day off,but he decided to come in (because that’s what dispatchers do). He is a seasoned dispatcher, the best of the best, and hearing those two words, officer down, is every dispatchers worst nightmare. We think all the dispatchers out there would agree. He handled the channel, under extreme conditions, and maintained the calm, saying we are proud of him does not do him justice. In the wake of critical incidents, our friends Front Street Shelter support our dispatchers by bringing in shelter dogs as therapy dogs for our hardworking dispatchers. Did we mention the Front Street manager is a former SPD dispatcher? So to make a long story short, we would like you to meet “Sullivan”, Sully for short, and he was adopted by the dispatcher that worked the channel the night we lost Tara. We like to think they rescued each other. #Sully #taraosullivan #togetherwehonortara #sacpd #officertaraosullivan Front Street Animal Shelter - City of Sacramento ... See moreSee less

A story of some good that comes out of a tragedy...

Due to severe overnight storms the horse trails at East Park are currently flooded. We have to postpone the Horseback Scavenger Hunt scheduled for this morning. Our scheduled rain date is Saturday June 29, 2019. Time and location remain the same. ... See moreSee less

 

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oh no! Amy Bayes

4 days ago

Harvey County Health Department

Peace Connections has a lot going on! Check out the SEAK 2.0 weekdays this summer!Check out the Summer edition of Peace Connections' newsletter. Thank you to all of you who support this life changing work! For the full article, visit www.peaceconnections.org/PC_Newsletter_Summer_2019.pdf ... See moreSee less

Peace Connections has a lot going on!  Check out the SEAK 2.0 weekdays this summer!

4 days ago

Harvey County Food & Farm Council

Thanks for the heads up! Looks like a pepper is pepper...at least the sweet variety.You've probably seen posts on social media stating the 3 lobed peppers are male and good for cooking, the 4 lobed peppers are female and good for eating. 🧐🤔

We're here to bust that myth! ❌🙅‍♂️

👉 By definition, all pepper fruits are ripened ovaries containing seeds formed after pollination. Those seeds will then form new pepper plants. The bumps or lack thereof are primarily related to the variety and growing conditions. Sweetness is usually a factor of ripeness. Thus red bell peppers are sweeter than green.

💚💛🧡❤️ Wanna know more about the colors of bell peppers? Check out this podcast by Mississippi State University Extension Service: extension.msstate.edu/farm-and-family/audio/2019/bellpeppers-differences-between-color-varieties
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Thanks  for the heads up!  Looks like a pepper is pepper...at least the sweet variety.

5 days ago

Harvey County

ODIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍👏🐶😍👏🐶😍👏

Harvey County Sheriff's Office
K-9 Odie got very excited when we told him it was Take Your Dog to Work Day. He asked us to show his human friends some video of him working. He's very proud of his progress.

We let him practice his skills by tossing a car key fob into the lawn, letting it sit there a while and then letting Odie go find it. When he finds something, he will let his handler know by laying down. Odie is really good at finding evidence (and he asked us to remind bad guys he's great at finding drugs, too).
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5 days ago

Harvey County Health Department

Thanks, Odie, and his trainer/partner! Great work to keep us safe and sniff out what's needed!

Harvey County Sheriff's Office
K-9 Odie got very excited when we told him it was Take Your Dog to Work Day. He asked us to show his human friends some video of him working. He's very proud of his progress.

We let him practice his skills by tossing a car key fob into the lawn, letting it sit there a while and then letting Odie go find it. When he finds something, he will let his handler know by laying down. Odie is really good at finding evidence (and he asked us to remind bad guys he's great at finding drugs, too).
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