Corps Reports Tuttle Creek Lake Elevation Stabilized


(MANHATTAN, KS – May 31, 2019) Outflow at Tuttle Creek Dam increased to 30,000 cubic feet per second at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 31, through the outlet works (the tubes). With the current outflow, lake elevation has stabilized. The Kansas River water levels continue to decrease.

“The key is the lake inflows are all reducing,” Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins said. “And as long as we don’t get additional rain in the Tuttle Creek basin, we could see the lake elevation decreasing.”

The eastbound lane of the Blue River Road bridge at Cedar Creek in Pottawatomie County is closed to keep traffic off of the area behind the end of the bridge where the embankment is undermined. This is signed and coned off as a one-lane bridge until repairs can be made. This will not be possible until water levels recede. The bridge is open, but reduced to one lane.

An Evacuation Advisory remains in effect for areas of the Northview neighborhood including the Dix Addition, Berry Streets, Countryside Estates Mobile Home Park, Rocky Ford Mobile Home Park and parts of Hunters Island. Additional police officers continue to patrol the areas under the evacuation advisory to ensure safety and monitor water levels.

If residents in the advisory area wish to evacuate, 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.

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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