Flooding continues to be a concern across the area as heavy rains have fallen over the last couple of months. Of concern for many right now is the current high levels at Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan.
On Thursday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed two campgrounds at Tuttle Creek, which will last throughout the duration of Country Stampede. The Stockdale Campground as well as Tuttle Creek Cove Campground will be closed for the rest of June due to the high lake levels. Those who had reservations at either of these campgrounds will be contacted about refunds.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued an emergency throughout the Kansas City District due to high river levels and the rainy forecast for northwest Missouri. The Level III Emergency allows sponsors of levees to obtain technical assistance for damage to levees caused by the high water.
According to Judd Kneuvean, Emergency Management Director for the Kansas City District, 43,000 sandbags were sent for possible use in the Blue River Basin. Also, 1,000 sandbags were sent for use in Manhattan, if needed.
Levels at Tuttle Creek were the topic of discussion at a recent Manhattan City Commission meeting. Brian McNulty, Operations Project Manager for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, confirmed a reported rumor that one of the outlet gates was out-of-service due to a rehabilitation project. He pointed out that Tuttle Creek still has 3 working gates, and those gates can fill the outlet channel if needed.
McNulty also reported that pumping plants have been activated at the Blue Rapids levy, and running 24 hours per day during high water.
The latest report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicates that the Big Blue River is flowing into Tuttle Creek Lake at 26,000 cubic feet per second. The Corps of Engineers is releasing 15,000 cubic feet per second into the Big Blue River near Manhattan. The latest lake elevation is 1,110.7 feet above sea level, or 35.7 feet above normal lake levels.