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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Flood update from overnight storms 8/30/2019

photo of large sink hole with water and broken pipes

-Hayes Drive is closed for Kansas Gas line emergency repairs
-Poliska Lane is closed due to high water
-The intersection of 12th St and Bertrand is closed for storm sewer repair
-Ehlers Road was closed due to rock slide but has been reopened
-The traffic signal at TCB and McCall Road was damaged and flashing, but has been restored to normal operations with a temporary repair
Roughly 4” to 5” of rainfall fell in Manhattan during a short period overnight and more rainfall is expected on Saturday. Moderate flooding occurred on Wildcat Creek, which crested at 17’ this morning. No evacuations were issued but Poliska Lane was closed.

Fast moving flash flood waters on 3rd St and Kearney St caused a lot of debris and a large trailer to be swept into storm inlets. Public Works crews are out clearing debris all over town. Water entered several businesses in the area and the Risk Reduction and Code Services Department has been on site making damage assessments. Businesses are cleaning up after the high water and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Remember, do not drive into flooded areas. Even a few inches of fast moving water can sweep vehicles off the road.

A sink hole developed on Hayes Drive, near Casement, and damaged utility lines, including gas and water. This is a new sink hole, located farther to the north than the one near WalMart and Staples. Kansas Gas Service and Public Works crews are on site working on repairs. The road will remain closed, and water service is temporarily off for customers in the immediate area, until repairs can be made.
The traffic signal at Tuttle Creek Boulevard and McCall Road was damaged by high water which entered the signal control box. It was flashing in all directions but temporary repairs have restored normal operations. The box will likely need to be rebuilt but traffic function should continue as normal.
A structure fire caused by a lighting strike was reported at 1:13 am. A total of 19 firefighters responded on 6 apparatus. Upon arrival, crews found smoke showing and fire in the attic of the single family home. It was contained within 10 minutes. Loss is estimated at $1,000 to contents and $60,000 to the structure.
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