Flood warnings issued in Manhattan

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Heavy rains this week have caused Wildcat Creek to rise, prompting warnings from the National Weather Service.

Just after 5 am Wednesday, the NWS has issued a flood warning for Wildcat Creek.  They advise that people in the Keats area who experienced flooding on Labor Day weekend of last year should evacuate.

Shortly later, the agency also issued a warning for Wildcat Creek at Manhattan Scenic Drive until late Wednesday night.  At 4:15 am Wednesday, the flood stage was at 11.1 feet.  Flood stage is 14 feet.  Moderate flooding is forecast.

UPDATE:  The City of Manhattan released this information at 6:30 am Wednesday morning:

A flood warning was issued for Wildcat Creek this morning at 5:07 a.m. Water is expected to crest at 21’ at Scenic Drive today, which indicated mild flood conditions. As of 6:00 a.m. the gauge at Keats is currently at 20.47’ and the gauge at Scenic Drive is at 14.75’.

Residents in the Keats area who were flooded in 2018 have been evacuated. Residents of Highland Ridge Apartments have been notified to move vehicles and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Residents of the Hunter’s Island area who were impacted by the 2018 flood should also be prepared. No other evacuations have been issued. Water has started to affect Wildcat Creek Road west of Scenic Drive and that roadway will likely be closed later this morning. ATA Bus will not operate the route to Keats this morning.

Updates will be shared as new information is received. Residents are advised to sign up for Riley County Emergency Notifications at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/917/Emergency-Notifications.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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