Flooding Update On Area Rivers & Tuttle Creek Lake

Current Flood Warnings
Current Flood Warnings

The National Weather Service still has flood warnings in effect for area rivers on Monday morning.

The latest update from the National Weather Service indicates a flood warning is still in effect for the Big Blue River at Beatrice and Barneston.

In Beatrice, the river was at 20.8 feet, or 2.8 feet above flood stage at 7:45 a.m. Monday. The river is expected to fall below flood stage by midnight on Wednesday.

In Barneston Monday, the river was at 21.4 feet or 1.4 feet above flood stage. Forecasts indicate the river should fall below flood stage by this Monday afternoon.

At Blue Rapids, the Big Blue River was observed at 39.3 feet at 7:00 a.m. Monday. Flood stage at Blue Rapids is 26 feet. The river is forecasted to fall below flood stage by Friday afternoon.

The Little Blue River near Barnes also remains under a flood warning. At 5:00 p.m. Sunday the river was at 19.8 feet, or 3.8 feet above flood stage. The river will fall below flood stage by Monday night.

All of these rivers will empty into Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan. As of 10:00 a.m. Monday, Tuttle Creek was measured at 1,101.3 feet above sea level, or 26.3 feet above normal pool level. During the Flood of 1993, the lake reached a record capacity at 1,137.76 feet above sea level. The lake is still 36.56 feet below the record 1993 flood level.

Current discharge from Tuttle Creek into the Big Blue River at Manhattan is 200 cubic feet per second, or near the minimum output of the lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that all boat ramps are flooded, and launching a boat is difficult and unsafe at this time. Boaters who do venture out on the lake should be aware of much driftwood coming into the lake with flood waters.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.