Emergency Operations Center Reopens To Monitor Tuttle Creek Lake & Kansas River

RILEY COUNTY AND POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, KS – June 27, 2019) The Emergency Operations Center in Manhattan has been reopened to monitor rising water levels on Tuttle Creek Lake and the Kansas River. Officials from Riley County and Pottawatomie County are watching the situation closely. No advisories have been issued for areas downstream of Tuttle Creek Dam at this time but residents should stay aware of weather conditions and have a plan to evacuate safely if the situation changes.

β€œThis isn’t the first time we’ve gone through this. In 1993 the lake came up and went down three times before the flood. Right now we’re working with the US Army Corps of Engineers to track information prepare people for the possibility of flooding. We’re not out of the woods and people need to stay alert and aware,” said Pat Collins, Riley County Emergency Manager.

The height of the Kansas River will have an effect on the flood potential for neighborhoods in Manhattan. If the Kansas River is at 18ft or higher, a release from Tuttle Creek Dam at just 20,000 cfs could cause some flooding in neighborhoods.

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Tuttle Creek Lake rose from 1128.91 ft on June 21 to 1132.53 ft as of 10:00 AM June 27. The Kansas River is expected to reach 18.1 ft later today.

Most rivers in Kansas have experienced flooding this season and watersports such as swimming, kayaking, and canoeing are not recommended. Swift currents, hidden obstacles, and debris in the water make conditions very dangerous. The Riley County Public Works department plans to close boat ramps at Rocky Ford Park and Fairmont on Friday morning, June 28, to help ensure safety.

More information is available on the City of Manhattan website at www.cityofmhk.com/flood and on Facebook ManhattanFloodUpdates and Twitter @updatesflood. A recorded message will be updated each day on the Manhattan Flood Hotline (785) 587-4526 at this time. If the situation becomes more serious, the hotline will be staffed from 8AM to 8PM.


Elevation: 1132.75 ft
Top of Spillway Gates: 1136 ft
Inflow: 14,000 cubic feet per second (CFS)
Outflow: 8,000 CFS (will be increases to 10,000 CFS today, then 16,000 CFS Friday through Monday)

MILFORD LAKE 6/27/2019
Elevation: 1174.77 ft
Top of Spillway: 1176.20 ft
Inflow: 9,600 CFS
Outflow: 2,976 CFS

KANSAS RIVER 6/27/2019
ELEVATION: 17.97 ft as of 10:00 AM

WAVERLY MISSOURI GAUGE (control point for release rates): 214,000 CFS

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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