Residents in flood-prone areas advised to stay alert

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MANHATTAN — The City of Manhattan is encouraging residents to stay alert with the ongoing wet weather and rising waters at Tuttle Creek Lake.
No significant releases from the lake are scheduled or anticipated for the immediate future, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The lake level as of Thursday was 1127.36 feet. The lake is only at 77 percent capacity and there is no immediate threat of flooding downstream.
The time frame for any release from Tuttle Creek Lake is anticipated to be provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers and could range from a few hours to a few days of notice depending on weather and other circumstances before the impact of flooding occurs. Emergency services will respond immediately upon any notification of releases from the Corps.
Electronic message boards are being placed on roadways in vulnerable areas of Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County advising residents to stay aware of the situation. If evacuation becomes necessary, residents will be notified to leave the area and seek shelter out of the floodplain. Announcements will be made on the both county’s emergency alert systems including Everbridge, Wireless Emergency Alert or IPAWS to every cell phone in the impacted areas, voice sirens in the area will be activated and local media will be broadcasting the notice.
Notification types and meanings:
Residents of projected flood affected areas may receive one or all of the following depending which of the respective evacuation zones they live in:

A. High Water Advisory– An advisory that notifies residents or property owners that their property may receive high water or their access to their property may be impacted.

B. Evacuation Advisory– An advisory to notify residents or property owners that their property may be flooded or their access to the property may be impacted, evacuation is recommended, and that they may be ordered to evacuate in the near future.

C. Evacuation Order– A notification of “Imminent Danger” to notify residents or property owners that their property may be flooded or their access to the property may be severely impacted. This order to evacuate is considered as mandatory for non-residents as a curfew is important for security of the affected areas.
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