Heavy Rains Wash Out Manhattan Detour

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Heavy rains overnight washed out a road in Riley County.

Riley County officials say it happened at the dirt road detour that construction workers made on Anderson Avenue about a mile east of Keats. Gary Rosewicz of Riley County Public Works says drainage pipes became clogged with brush and debris, sending water over the road and washing out more than eight inches of material.

Early Tuesday morning, county workers blocked off the portion of road near Natalie's Creek Bridge until it can be fixed or the water goes down. The contractor was working on it Tuesday afternoon. Rosewicz says they hoped to reopen the area Tuesday night, but it might not be ready until Wednesday morning.

Meantime, Anderson Avenue is closed. Drivers coming from Riley and Clay Center should stay on Highway 24 and use Highway 77 to get to Manhattan. Local drivers can use local roads to access Highway 24 to get around.

Drivers should expect delays in that area.

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