Tuttle Creek Lake Level Continues To Rise; Nearing 2nd Highest Recorded Level


Manhattan – Water levels at Tuttle Creek Reservoir continue to rise as flooding along the Mississippi, Missouri and Kansas rivers are keeping water releases at a minimum, while heavy rains across southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas continue to funnel into the Big Blue River.

As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday the latest observation at the lake was 1,121.93 feet, or nearly 47 feet above normal pool level. The lake passed the third highest recorded level in April of 1,112.30 feet, which was set on June 26th, 1984. The second highest level is at 1,127.9 feet on October 18th, 1973. The lake is currently 5.97 feet away from the second highest level recorded. The record high level was recorded on July 23rd, 1993 at 1,137.76 feet.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported that the Big Blue River is flowing into Tuttle Creek Lake at 24,000 cubic feet per second, with only 200 cubic feet per second being released.

However, as the lake continues to rise the area the lake inundates with water also increases. This requires more water to enter the reservoir for it to rise in elevation. Currently the reservoir is holding just over half of its capacity.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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