Along with warmer temperatures, spring brings an increased chance for severe storms and the potential for flood conditions. To keep your family safe, it's important to stay informed, be prepared, and know how to access information. Several resources are available to help you stay safe during severe weather.
The first is the Riley County Emergency Management’s mass notification software. This “opt-in” notification system will alert residents to a wide range of emergency and non-emergency events. Visit https://www.rileycountyks.gov/917/Emergency-Notifications to sign up.
Weather information is available from the National Weather Service (NWS) at https://www.weather.gov/top/. NWS forecast and radar apps are also available for download through iTunes and Google Play.
Specifically for Wildcat Creek, a National Weather Service website shows the gauge reports for the three stream gauges on Wildcat Creek (Keats, Scenic Drive, and Seth Child). https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/inundation/index.php?g_datatype=depth&wfo=top&gage=mwck1 By looking at the hydrograph tab, you can see the rise in the creek and where the creek will crest, if it leads to that. Additionally, the site shows areas expected to be inundated by flood waters based on stream depth readings from the Scenic Drive gauge. As of March 2019, this system only covers Manhattan area residents. Chad Bunger has been in communication with our partners in the NWS to see if another gauge could be installed and the inundation areas can be updated to provide the same level of information in the rural areas of Wildcat Creek, including the Keats area.
Lastly, there are a number of great resources for flood preparedness. Here is a good one from the Red Cross, but there are several excellent resources online – just do a quick web search. https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Flood/Flood.pdf