(Pottawatomie County, and Manhattan, KS – June 12, 2019) The US Army Corps of Engineers has slowly decreased the outflow at Tuttle Creek Dam over the past few days. They anticipate the Tuttle Creek Lake level will continue to fall, and release rates will continue to decrease as well. With the lowering of the lake, and the decreasing outflow from the Outlet Works (tubes), local officials have decided to reopen the boat ramps in the area, previously closed due to high water levels. The boat ramps along the Kansas River in Pottawatomie County will be opened as personnel and resources allow. All area ramps should be open by this weekend. City of Manhattan Parks and Recreation will be removing the barricades and opening Linear Park boat ramp on the Big Blue River this afternoon.
Residents and visitors should be aware that as river levels decline, riverbank stability will continue to be a danger. Riverbank soils are saturated and large sections can detach and fall into the river at any point. People are advised to use extreme caution near rivers and avoid riverbanks. While the boat ramps are reopened, anyone going onto the water should remain alert to the swift currents and potential dangers in and under the water.
Information is also available on the Pottawatomie County website at www.pottcountyks.org/flood, the City of Manhattan website at www.cityofmhk.com/flood and on social media.
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