Manhattan Residents Look To Reduce Flood Risk

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - An open house discussion on floodplain safety drew in a large crowd Wednesday evening in Manhattan.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District has begun a large pilot project that is helping communities in the Big Blue River floodplain apply tools for managing flood risks.

The objective of the pilot project is to reduce flood risk for homes and businesses.

"With this floodplain management one element of it will be to create a hazard mitigation plan," said Manhattan Floodplain Manager Chad Bunger. "So we can look at individual properties and be able to say ‘your property might be best to be elevated or protected by flood walls maybe’. Or maybe we would purchase your property with some sort of grant to remove you from the flood itself."

The pilot project is a continuation of the popular U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Silver Jackets Program, which started in 2009.

The city estimates the project will take 12-18 months to complete.