MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) As of 6:30pm Saturday, May 25th, the US Army Corps of Engineers has issued an Evacuation Advisory for the Rocky Ford Campground and all visitors of the Tuttle Creek State Park below the dam.
The US Army Corps of Engineers and National Weather Service have received a forecast for Tuttle Creek Lake to reach a level of 1133.71 ft by Monday, May 27.
This forecast has caused the need for an Evacuation Advisory for the Rocky Ford Campground and all visitors of Tuttle Creek State Park below the dam.
All occupants of the Rocky Ford Campground, as well as all visitors at Tuttle Creek State Park below the dam are being asked to exit the area.
The Rocky Ford Campground is the campground south of Tuttle Creek State Park below the dam and east of the Big Blue River off Beach Drive.
At this time no other Evacuation Advisories have been issued for any other parts of Riley County or Pottawatomie County.
Tuttle Creek Lake levels and inflows are continuously being monitored by the US Army Corps of Engineers, if a level of 1136 feet is forecast based on weather conditions, water will be released from the tubes in effort to manage the lake level without a spillway release.
A release from the tubes should not cause flooding downstream.
Residents should expect road closures to the dam in the coming days.
If a release from the spillway gates becomes necessary, residents downstream will be notified as soon as information is available.
Tuttle Creek Lake near Manhattan is continuing to break records this weekend.
As of Saturday afternoon, the lake’s water level has risen more than two and a half feet, since Friday morning.
As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Tuttle Creek Lake level is 1,130.98 feet, which is 5.02 feet below the top of the flood pool.
As the water level continues to rise, the Corps of Engineers continues to monitor the downstream conditions as well, to determine if they are able to start making controlled releases.
At this time, the Corps of Engineers has said that there is a possibility that they will start making releases from Tuttle Creek Dam on Monday, but that is not guaranteed.
The plan would be to start the release through the outlet works which is also known as “the tubes”
The Corps of Engineers and Riley County Emergency Management have been urging residents to move valuables and make a plan for where you can stay if you do have to evacuate your home.