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Emergency Alerts

13 Alerts
February 28, 2024 5:46 PM

Emergency Crews Working to Contain Gas Leak - Avoid 1200 Block of North Seitz

A gas line was struck in 1200 Block of North Seitz, please avoid the area while emergency crews work to contain the leak.

Latest Update:

February 28, 2024 6:13 PM

Emergency crews have resolved the leak, an all clear has been provided. Thank you for avoiding the area so that our emergency crews could address the issue. 

February 22, 2024 6:46 AM

AT&T outage impacting customers' ability to call 9-1-1

There is currently an AT&T outage impacting their customers’ ability to call 9-1-1 as well as non emergency calls.
This could impact customers using secondary providers that utilize network services from AT&T as well. For example, Cricket Wireless, Net...

AT&T outage impacting customers' ability to call 9-1-1
January 15, 2024 1:17 PM

Wichita Avenue Closed From Culp Street to Ober Street due to Structure Fire

Wichita Avenue Closed From Culp Street to Ober Street for first responder safety - they are working a structure fire in the area. Please avoid the area.

Latest Update:

January 15, 2024 1:32 PM

Wichita Avenue is now open.  Thank you

January 8, 2024 3:38 PM

Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon - Tuesday 1/9

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area. This will remain in effect until noon tomorrow. Heavy snow and wind gusts as high as 50 mph are expected. Heavy snow and ice buildup on power lines combined with the expected...

Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon - Tuesday 1/9
November 2, 2023 8:06 AM

City Fire Working Structure Fire in 900 Block S. Fossil - Please Avoid the Area

City Fire is working on an active structure fire at the Lodge, 901 S. Fossil. Please avoid the area for firefighter and first responder safety. This is a dangerous situation.

Latest Update:

November 2, 2023 8:20 AM

The fire department reports the fire is under control.  The public is asked to continue avoiding the area as fire crews check for extension of fire and mop up operations.  Thank you.

August 8, 2023 5:22 PM

Damaging Severe Storms Forecast for Late Tonight into Wednesday Morning - Be Prepared.

The NWS forecast damaging severe storms late tonight over Central Kansas. A complex of storms will move eastward late tonight into Wednesday morning with damaging to significant damaging winds possible. The latest forecast includes the potential of...

Damaging Severe Storms Forecast for Late Tonight into Wednesday Morning - Be Prepared.
August 3, 2023 5:22 PM

Severe Storms Likely Tonight - Be Prepared

The NWS has Russell in an Enhanced Risk area for severe storms overnight across central Kansas. Impacts for Russell are forecast between 2 - 3 am with straight-line winds up to 70 mph, hail, and very heavy rain. Straight-line winds are destructive. ...

Severe Storms Likely Tonight - Be Prepared
July 16, 2023 4:30 PM

Severe Thunderstom Warning - 70 mph winds and 2" Hail

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Russell County, including the City of Russell. Winds up to 70 mph and two-inch hail are possible, which will damage buildings, vehicles, and power lines.
Take precautions

Latest Update:

July 16, 2023 4:37 PM

Emergency Alert.  The Thunderstorm warning in effect until 5:15 pm for destructive baseball size hail.  Take shelter in a sturdy building, away from windows.  People and animals outdoors will be severely injured.  Please tune into local media for updates

July 14, 2023 12:14 PM

Special Weather Statement - Strong Thunderstorm - Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Please be weather aware today. Russell County is in a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 7:00 PM
A strong thunderstorm will impact Russell through 1:00 pm.
Hazards include wind gusts of 50-55 mph and nickel size hail.
Gusty winds could knock down tree...

Special Weather Statement - Strong Thunderstorm - Severe Thunderstorm Watch
June 30, 2023 8:40 PM

Reports of Sparking Transformer 1000 Block South Fossil. Please Avoid the Area.

A sparking transformer has been reported on the 1000 block of South Fossil. Electric Crews are enroute. Please avoid the area until crews can safely address the issue.

June 9, 2023 3:13 PM

Special Weather Statement - Strong Thunderstorm

A Special Weather Statement has been issued for our area. A strong thunderstorm will impact portions of western Russell County through 3:30 pm. Hazards include wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph and half inch hail. Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and...

Special Weather Statement - Strong Thunderstorm
May 18, 2023 2:36 PM

Special Weather Statement

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for an area that includes the City of Russell. Strong storms will impact Russell County with wind gusts up to 50 mph and half-inch hail.

Gusty wind can knock down trees limbs and blow...

Special Weather Statement
May 9, 2023 11:49 AM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - High Winds and Hail Main Threat

A severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles west of Ionia to 8 miles south of Plainville, moving south at 30 mph.

HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and ping pong ball size hail.
SOURCE...Trained weather spotters have reported...

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - High Winds and Hail Main Threat

Public Notice

3 Alerts
January 17, 2024 4:03 PM

Street Closure - 2nd Street from Fossil Street to Front Street

Emergency crews are on scene to address an incident. Please avoid the area of 2nd street from Fossil Street to Front Street.

Latest Update:

January 17, 2024 4:31 PM

Emergency crews have reopened 2nd street to normal traffic. Thank you for your patience as crews worked to address the situation. 

January 8, 2024 3:41 PM

Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon - Tuesday 1/9

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area. This will remain in effect until noon tomorrow. Heavy snow and wind gusts as high as 50 mph are expected. Heavy snow and ice buildup on power lines combined with the expected...

Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon - Tuesday 1/9
September 9, 2023 12:30 PM

Stage 2 Water Warning - Russell calls for a mandatory reduction in water usage.

For Immediate Release
POC: Jon Quinday
785.483.6311
Stage 2 Water Warning - Russell calls for a mandatory reduction in water usage.
Big Creek is one of the city’s two water sources. Big Creek has stopped flowing over the low head dam immediately...

Stage 2 Water Warning - Russell calls for a mandatory reduction in water usage.

Utility Outage Notice

4 Alerts
October 26, 2023 12:03 PM

Water Line Break Affecting Service to Some Customers on 15th Street

City crews are working on a water leak in the area of the 500 and 600 block of W. 15th Street. Customers in this area can expect water service interruptions for up to three (3) hours while repairs are made.

Thank you for your patience. If you have...

Water Line Break Affecting Service to Some Customers on 15th Street
October 25, 2023 10:28 AM

Electric Utility Outage Impacting North Part of Town

City Crews are aware of an electric outage impacting approximately 35 customers in the north part of town. Crews are enroute to determine the cause.

Latest Update:

October 25, 2023 11:27 AM

Power has been restored. Thank you for your patience as our crews worked to safely make repairs. 

July 19, 2023 9:53 AM

Power outages South of the City

There are power outages on the Big Creek circuit. Crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

Latest Update:

July 19, 2023 11:05 AM

Power has been restored. Thank you for your patience as crews worked to restore power.

July 14, 2023 1:03 PM

Power Outages south of the City and S. Kansas and S. Main

There are power outages on the Big Creek circuit which includes customers south of the city and customers on S. Kansas and S. Main, south of Dorrance Street. Crews are enroute. If you see damage please call 785.483.6311

Latest Update:

July 14, 2023 1:13 PM

Power is restored to customers on the Big Creek circuit.  Crews are working on a few customers that have blown fuses or other damage from the lightning.  Thank you.