Pat Collins

MANHATTAN — Local officials are pushing to get more people prepared in the event of flooding in Riley and Pottawatomie counties.

On KMAN’s In Focus Tuesday, Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins informed us that while there’s no cause for alarm with the water levels at Tuttle Creek Lake, it is a good idea now to take action to prepare yourself if you’re in a flood plain.

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Water levels Tuesday rose to 1,123.36 feet at Tuttle Creek Lake, more than 48 feet above normal pool. Outflow has been hovering at 200 cubic feet per second since last week’s heavy rains, but Collins says that may soon change according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as conditions downstream improve.

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While there’s no immediate concern with the lake filling up to its max, Collins is urging preparedness especially for those living around and below the dam.

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The Missouri River at Waverly, Missouri was at 25.09 feet Tuesday and continuing to drop back to normal flood stage through the end of the week. Locally, the Corps is planning more community meetings in the coming weeks to address concerns about water levels at Tuttle Creek.

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