Manhattan warns of potential flooding from Tuttle Creek Lake releases

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Manhattan city leaders took to social media on Monday to notify residents they should start preparing for potential flooding due to Tuttle Creek Lake releases.

Tuttle Creek Reservoir is currently at 1,123.36 feet.

For officials at Tuttle Creek to start releasing water, without regard to downstream conditions, the lake will have to rise to 1,136 feet.

"We need people to start getting prepared now, so that if we, if we get to that point that evacuation becomes necessary, it can happen quickly and safely." City of Manhattan, Public Information Officer, Vivienne Uccello says.

The City of Manhattan will be mailing letters this week to inform residents in the flood prone areas of the flood risk in their area.

When the lake gets to the point of emergency release, which would make evacuation necessary, officials at Tuttle Creek will notify emergency managers, and city officials, who will then notify residents of the need to evacuate.

City officials are also encouraging residents in the flood prone areas get flood insurance now, as it takes 30 days from the date of purchase for your coverage to start.

To find out if you live in a flood prone area, you can visit the City of Manhattan's website