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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Flood damage update 9/4/2019

photo of sink hole at Hayes Drive and Levee Drive

Information about damage and repairs following the heavy rainfall August 30. 

Road Closures: 

  • 12th Street is closed from Bertrand to Ratone because of storm sewer damage 
  • Hayes Drive is closed near Levee Drive and also near Bluemont (near Walmart) due to two sinkholes in the area

The sewer system is flowing and the Public Works Department has established temporary water service to the two businesses that were disrupted by the sinkhole at Hayes Drive and Levee Drive. Work continues on the sinkhole at Hayes Drive and Bluemont Ave (near WalMart). 

No definite causes for the sinkholes have been identified, but it appears likely that a combination of high ground water table, settlement under the sewer pipe and/or a collapse of the pipe contributed to the damage. Bayer Construction is tentatively scheduled to assist with the repair.  Future work will involve securing the other utilities that are in the area, including several fiber lines, in order to complete repairs. The Public Works Department will obtain a transfer pump and develop a plan to route discharge pipes across or under existing driveways. It will take a few days to stabilize the area in preparation and the roadway will remain closed for at least several weeks while repairs are made. As new information about the timeline comes in, we’ll keep you updated. Access to the businesses in the area and the USD383 bus depot will remain open as much as possible.  

The heavy rainfall also washed a lot of debris into the storm sewer inlets. Public Works crews are still in the process of clearing inlets all across town. We hope to get everything completed and cleared by the end of this week. Thankfully, there’s no rain in the forecast, but that situation could change.  

The traffic signal at Tuttle Creek Boulevard and McCall Road is back up and running. The only function that could not be repaired by the temporary fix has been the protected right turn from McCall to TCB. A new signal box has been ordered and will be installed on risers to prevent future storm damage. We'll continue to provide updates as repairs are made and the situation changes. We are grateful for everyone's patience and for the assistance of the Riley County Police Department to help direct traffic. For everyone's safety, do not drive around barriers.

photo of sink hole at Hayes Drive and Levee Drive

photo of sink hole at Hayes Drive and Bluemont Avenue

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