Continued Releases From Tuttle Creek Lake Have Levels Dropping


Water levels at Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan continues to drop, as increased water releases have lowered the lake to 1,115.44 feet as of 9:30 a.m. Monday. This is the lowest level of Tuttle Creek Lake since April. The regular conservation water level is 1,075 feet. The lake is currently 40.44 feet above normal. Approximately 47 percent of the lakes flood pool capacity is available. At the peak of the flood, on May 31st, Tuttle Creek was at 1,135.88 feet.

As of Sunday morning, the Corps of Engineers is releasing water downstream into the Kansas river at 15,000 cubic feet per second. The estimated inflow from the Big Blue River is currently 6,000 cubic feet per second. Inflows are being calculated using a mathematical formula, due to backwater preventing gauges from reporting inflows.

Further upstream in Blue Rapids, where water has been backed up for several months, the level is down to 40.51 feet on the Big Blue River. The forecast has the level continuing to drop, forecasted at 38.6 feet on Saturday morning. A Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice for the Big Blue River near Blue Rapids. The river falls below flood stage at 26 feet, however levels are expected to remain relatively the same for some time.

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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