Over 300 people evacuated from Manhattan due to flooding


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Rising flood waters after non-stop rain has led to evacuations in some parts of the state.

The Ninnescah River near Pratt has overflowed its banks, forcing evacuations at the Pratt City Lake and a nearby apartment building. Six inches of rain fell in the Pratt area before the storm system moved on.

In Manhattan, authorities say heavy rains have forced more than 300 people to evacuate their homes in the Kansas college town of Manhattan.

Nearly 9 inches  of rain fell from Sunday night into the day Monday. Riley County Emergency Management director Pat Collins says at least 20 people were transported out of their homes by boat. City officials say about 750 homes are without power.

Manhattan’s Municipal Government Manager Mark Fehr described the flooding as a 500- to 800-year flood event during a news conference Monday.

Riley County Police posted aerial photographs showing building flooded nearly to their roofs. Two emergency shelters have been established to help those who were displaced.

Kansas State University’s campus wasn’t affected by the flooding.


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