25 years ago this week the Missouri and Kaw Rivers overflowed their banks and flooded Kansas City. The old-timers around Southwest Boulevard called it the worst flood since 1951.
Dozens of the district’s restaurants, warehouses and light industrial plants sat in a brown lake as deep as 8 feet. Water from Turkey Creek reached the second floor of some buildings. Some parked cars that had been carried for blocks by the water couldn’t be seen until the flood receded in the afternoon.
Rescuers in boats began about 5:30 a.m. to ferry to safety several workers from Ponak’s and Margarita’s as floodwaters invaded the ground floors of the Southwest Boulevard restaurants. A security guard was rescued from a nearby business.
The Industrial West Bottoms and Southwest Boulevard business districts were the worst hit by the flooding: Several feet of water collected in Kemper Arena, and water covered the first floor of many Southwest Boulevard restaurants, manufacturing plants and other businesses.
Hundreds of persons at two Kansas City, Kan., mobile home parks were evacuated by Kansas Army National Guard troops and city emergency workers Saturday after the Kaw River overflowed its banks and inundated the low-lying area near 59th Street and Kaw Drive.
Below is a picture of Southwest Blvd and Margarita’s restaurant.