Snow melt causes NE KS rivers and creeks to rise to flood status

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Several northeast Kansas counties were under a flood watch though Wednesday evening. The recent snow melting due to warmer temperatures is causing local creeks and rivers to rise.

Since approximately 6:30 Tuesday morning, the Big Blue River has been at or above flood stage in Marshall County. Flood stage is at 27 feet. Blue Rapids residents are not too concerned with flooding reaching their homes at this point, as they have a levee that keeps the river out of town, even above flood stage.

“It has the effect on farmers that farm in the flood, the bottom ground, and we have a levee around out town so it doesn’t really affect us directly, just farmland.” Blue Rapids resident, Dakota Holmes said.

Blue Rapids residents say flooding like this is just a normal part of life for them, because it doesn’t usually get too dangerous, or affect their houses. Farmland typically takes the brunt of the flood damage.