Outflow Increasing From The Outlet Works At Tuttle Creek

1993 Photo of Tuttle Creek Spillway. Courtesy of Manhattan Flood Updates on Facebook
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Outflow at Tuttle Creek Dam has increased to 27,500 cfs (cubic feet per second) through the outlet works, commonly referred to as the tubes according to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

“Everybody wants to know when we’re going to open the spillway gates,” Brian McNulty, US Army Corps of Engineers said. “At this point, we do not have any plans to, but the timing is up to Mother Nature right now.”

With this increase, the Emergency Operations Center does not expect to see any significant increase in the risk associated with potential flooding downstream.

An Evacuation Advisory remains in effect for areas of the Northview neighborhood including the Dix Edition, Berry Streets, Countryside Estates Mobile Home Park, and Rocky Ford Mobile Home Park. Additional police officers are patrolling the areas under the evacuation advisory to ensure safety.

Residents may need to evacuate in the near future because high water is expected to impact homes, businesses, or nearby roads in the next 24 to 48 hours. If desired, residents in these areas can evacuate at any time.

The American Red Cross has a shelter location at Westview Church, 615 Gillespie Drive, for anyone in the potential flood area. This is a pet-friendly shelter, for pet owners also staying at the shelter.

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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.