Hundreds displaced in Riley Co., KS flooding

Posted at 1:30 PM, Sep 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-03 23:19:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Overnight rains exceeding 8 inches caused widespread flooding and evacuations in and around Riley County, Kansas.

The flash floods submerged cars and left parts of the county underwater for hours. 

"It was one of the most significant events that we have experienced," said Manhattan City Manager Ron Fear. "Things got flooded this time that never got flooded before."

The Riley County Police Department tweeted Monday afternoon that 300 people were displaced following flooding along Wildcat Creek.

The Manhattan Fire Department says more than 152 people and 24 pets were assisted by boat, dump truck or person by rescuers.

An Emergency Evacuation Shelter has been set up at Pottorf Hall, 1710 Avery in Manhattan. Pets are accepted. Those without pets are able to go to St. Thomas Moore Church.

A relief station with water and barbecue is also available at Rock Creek Church.

Emergency officials said water was receding in some spots but was still going higher in others. Officials hope to reopen two closed bridges Tuesday morning after inspections. 

Neighbors voiced concern Monday night about more rain in the forecast. 

"If it is supposed to rain like that all this week, I don’t really have that much hope for our homes," said Savannah Wilson. 

Earlier Monday, the flooding swamped cars in Manhattan.

Kansas State University asked that students affected by the flooding to call (785) 395-7233.

Updates on resources are available on the Riley County Police Department's Facebook page.