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.

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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.

Floodplain Information

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. 

Additional Information

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