The Kansas River south of Manhattan shown Wednesday morning. Photo by Paul Parker/KMAN

3 p.m. Wednesday update

MANHATTAN — Flooding continues on a number of rivers and streams throughout the region, despite a break in the rains Wednesday afternoon. More rains are expected through the evening into early Thursday.

A flood warning continues on the Kansas River at Manhattan affecting Pottawatomie, Riley and Wabaunsee continues until Saturday morning. The river level climbed into minor flood stage Wednesday afternoon and is forecast to rise to 18.8 feet by Friday afternoon before beginning a gradual decline into the weekend. Minor flooding occurs at 18 feet.

Elsewhere a flood warning continues into early Thursday for Wildcat Creek after in Keats and at Manhattan’s Scenic Drive. The creek crested at 21.17 feet Wednesday morning near Keats and was into minor flood stage by mid-afternoon. The Scenic Drive gauge crested at 20.1 feet and continues to drop toward the 14 foot flood stage.

Those who live along the creek are advised to stay alert of weather conditions as heavy rains are forecast Wednesday evening which could lead to more localized flooding in the area.

Other area flood warnings continuing include Fancy Creek at Randolph and Mill Creek near Paxico affecting Wabaunsee County.

So far this week at the KMAN studios, nearly 2.5 inches of rain had been measured by Wednesday morning, bringing the weekly total to just over 4 inches since Monday.

11 a.m. Wednesday update 
MANHATTAN — Flooding continues to be a concern for a number of rivers, creeks and streams throughout northeast Kansas including Manhattan and surrounding areas. At the KMAN studios, nearly 2.5 inches of rain was measured Wednesday morning, bringing the weekly total to just over 4 inches since Monday.
Here are the latest flood warnings impacting the Manhattan area:
* The Kansas River at Manhattan affecting Pottawatomie, Riley and Wabaunsee continues until Saturday morning. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the reading at the Manhattan gauge was 15.77 feet. Flood stage is 18 feet and minor flooding is forecast, which impacts low lands along the river.
It is expected that the Kansas River will rise above flood stage by Wednesday afternoon and continue to rise to near 18.7 feet. The river will fall below flood stage by Friday before midnight.
* A flood warning continues until late Wednesday night for Wildcat creek affecting Keats and Riley. Wildcat Creek at Keats was at 20.33 feet as of 10 a.m. Wednesday after cresting at 21.17 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring and residents began evacuating the area early Wednesday morning.
Wildcat Creek at Manhattan’s Scenic Drive was measured at 19.74 feet at 10:15 a.m. after cresting at 20.1 feet. It is forecast to begin falling below flood stage by late Wednesday evening. Moderate flooding occurs at 17 feet.

According to the City of Manhattan, Anneberg Park is closed and will remain closed until further notice due to flood conditions on Wildcat Creek. Water has reached Linear Trail and barricades have been placed at the park entrance.

Poliska Lane and Wildcat Creek Road have also been closed. The Scenic Drive bridge is expected to remain open today.

Photos below from KMAN’s Chris Blaski were taken Wednesday morning near Scenic View Drive and behind Stone Point Apartments. 

Photos below from KMAN’s Paul Parker were taken Wednesday morning at Highland Ridge, Garden Way, Optimist Park and the Kansas River south of Manhattan.

8 a.m. Wednesday (Original story)

MANHATTAN — More heavy rains have prompted flood warnings in the region.

A flood warning for west central Riley County including Riley and Keats is in effect until 2:15 p.m. today. At 6:15 a.m. emergency management reported rapid rises along Wildcat creek in the Keats area after 1 to 3 inches of rain fell overnight.

The Wildcat Creek at Keats was at 21.17 feet as of 8 a.m., above the 17 food flood stage. Moderate flooding occurs at 19 feet, major flooding occurs at 25 feet. Riley County Emergency Management began evacuation of the Keats area around 5 a.m. and those evacuations are continuing. Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins.

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Moderate flooding is occurring on Wildcat Creek at Scenic Drive which was measured at 19.27 feet as of 8 a.m. and is forecast to go up to 21 feet by mid-morning. Minor flooding occurs at 14 feet and moderate flooding occurs at 17 feet.

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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.
A flood warning also continues for Fancy Creek near Randolph and Mill Creek at Paxico. A flash flood watch also remains until early Thursday morning for the entire area.
Stay up to date with all the latest river and creek readings here: NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

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