City of Manhattan warning neighbors, buying property in flooded areas

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The City of Manhattan is warning people in previously flooded areas that more flooding could be coming. Last week, Wildcat Creek rose to more than 20 feet, just 8 feet shy of the Labor Day flood levels last year.

City flood plan administrator Chad Bunger says since the ground is already saturated, one storm can cause a lot of damage. He says people should prepare by getting flood insurance and putting together “go bags”.

“Have all those documents you would need to restart your life so to speak, so birth certificates, passports, financial documents,” said Bunger.

Bunger says they are happy that the rain and stream gauges continue to work well, so they’ve been able to anticipate flooding and get people to safety. He also says it helps that there are fewer homes in the flood plain.

The city of Manhattan has already bought and destroyed five homes using federal dollars. These homes were inside the Wildcat Creek flood plain. The city is currently applying for another grant through FEMA and the Kansas Department of Emergency Management. This grant would fund the purchase of two homes on Village Drive, one on Bethany Drive and a 12-unit apartment complex on Garden Way.

City officials say they will continue to seek grants to purchase homes as long as willing property owners that meet the grant requirements are willing to work with the city.

There have been 3 meetings for the Resilient Wildcat Creek Plan and another coming up on May 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Manhattan City Hall to discuss potential solutions to protect people near Wildcat Creek.

For more information on flooding information in Manhattan, click here.

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