The City of Manhattan plans to install several “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” signs in flood-prone areas throughout the Wildcat Creek watershed.
The venture is part of the Resilient Wildcat Creek Floodplain Management plan.
Commissioner Linda Morse explained during the Manhattan City Commission meeting Tuesday why this project was prioritized.
“It’s something we could accomplish easily just by making some signs and it would be potentially life saving,” Morse said. “That’s why it rose to the top of the list.”
Assistant director of community development Chad Bunger says the signs will serve as a reminder even on dry-weather days.
“People, I think, underappreciate how destructive flood waters can be and how damaging it can be to property as well as life,” Bunger said.
Installation of the signs is expected to take one to two months.
The city also plans to eventually put signs in the Blue River watershed.