Stay informed using Everbridge
Flash flooding occurs with little to no notice, so it is important to be prepared! Have at least three ways to be notified of severe weather. The Northeast Kansas Regional Notification System, Everbridge, will send notifications to you directly by text, phone, and/or email. It is free to sign up.
Traditional media, weather apps, and NOAA weather radios are also good sources of information for weather updates.
Social Media Updates
Before a Flood
Know your risk
A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding: Be Prepared!
A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring. Take Action!
Make a Plan
Create a preparedness plan and preparedness kit for you and your family. When thinking about flooding, remember to include:
- An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, jumper cables, maps, a first aid kit, etc.
- Rubber boots, sturdy shoes and waterproof gloves
- Insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and mosquito nets or screens.
Use the Make a Plan form at Ready.gov to fill in your plan details and create a PDF to share with family.
Prepare Your Home
Prepare your home for flooding by following these steps:
- Secure or protect hazards in your home
- Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, downed power lines or before your evacuate your home
- Plug drains or install backflow valves in drains, toilets, and other sewer connections to prevent waters from entering your home
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Flood Readiness page.
During a Flood
Evacuation may not be required for everyone, but if you are ordered to evacuate your home:
- Take only essential items with you
- Turn off gas, electricity and water, if time allows
- Disconnect appliances to prevent shock when power is restored
- Follow posted evacuation routes
- Do not drive or walk thru flooded areas, including roads.
Floodwater and standing water can be dangerous, and may contain chemicals and diseases or organisms that can make you sick. Never enter flood waters.
Turn Around Don't Drown
Floodwater poses a drowning risk, and swiftly moving water is dangerous for adults and children.
- Always follow warnings about flooded roads - do not cross barriers or barricades closing a road
Floodwater Can Make You Sick
Exposure to floodwater can lead to:
- Wound infections
- Skin rash
- Gastrointestinal illness
Private wells may become contaminated after a flood event and must be disinfected before use. Learn how to disinfect bored and dug wells, as well as drilled or driven wells by clicking the links below. Before cleaning and disinfecting, follow these precautions:
- Turn off all electricity to the well area
- Inspect the area for hazards, such as downed power lines and debris
- Do not enter the well pit; clear debris using buckets, hooks, nets and other items. There could be gases and vapors present that may negatively impact your health
- Check the electrical wiring or call a professional to do it for you if you are not experienced
- Wear protective goggles, especially when working with bleach (chlorine)
- Work in well-ventilated ares
- Ensure no one drinks or uses the contaminated well water until the well has been disinfected and tested.
Bored and Dug Well Disinfection (pdf)
Drilled and Driven Well Disinfection (pdf)
If you come into contact with floodwater:
- Wash the area with soap and clean water as soon as possible. If you do not have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wipes.
- Take care of wounds, and call your doctor
- Wash clothes in hot water and detergent before wearing again
Protect Yourself from Animal and Insect Bites
After the flood waters subside, mosquitoes and other insects that can make you sick may be present. Follow these tips to avoid insects and their diseases.
Learn more about animal bites and rabies.
After a Flood - Returning Home
After returning home after a flood, your house or apartment may be contaminated with mold, or sewage, which can make you sick. Information can be found below on what to do when returning home, including safely cleaning up, generator and electricity use, and other topics.
Flood Water after a Disaster (pdf)
Throw Away Unsafe Food
Any food that may have come into contact with flood water, storm water, or sewage should be thrown away. Any food that required refrigeration should also be discarded if power was lost for more than 4 hours.
Food Safety after Flooding (pdf)
When in doubt, throw it out!
Cleaning up Your Home
What is a floodplain?
Land adjacent to streams and rivers which does not carry water under normal weather conditions.
What does it do?
During large storm events, streams, and rivers use the floodplain to temporarily store and convey water until the storm stops and water downstream has had a chance to go down.
How are they formed?
Naturally and over time with each storm event. Floodplains, rivers, and streams are constantly changing by the force of Mother Nature, even during small rain events. Water moves soil every time it rains or snow melts, constantly changing the landscape.
Do you know if you live in a floodplain?
Check the Riley County Flood Hazard Area map or the FEMA floodplain map. Type in your address for more information about the area around your home.
Find more information about how to live in and around the floodplain:
Visit Riley County's Floodplain page for more information on floodplains, flood insurance, and permits for building in floodplains.
Visit the City of Manhattan's flood risk page for more information on flooding and flood risks within Manhattan city limits.
Contact the Riley County Floodplain Manager at 785-537-6332
- Flood Hazard Area (interactive map)
- Wildcat Creek Flood Prediction and Inundation Map
- Army Corps of Engineers Tuttle Creek Dam Failure Evacuation and Inundation Zones (PDF)
- Riley County Tuttle Creek Dam Failure Evacuation and Inundation Zones (PDF)
- FEMA Floodplain Map (interactive)
- National Weather Service Flood Prediction Model and Inundation Map