NWS-Topeka graphic (May 20)

MANHATTAN — Heavy rains and strong to severe storms are expected tonight (Mon) into Tuesday and that will include the possibility for flooding.

The National Weather Service says the Manhattan area alone will receive about 3 to 4 inches of rainfall through Tuesday. That’s prompted a Flash Flood Watch in effect from 1 p.m. today through 7 p.m. Tuesday. Several rivers are forecast to reach minor to moderate flood stage. Significant flooding and flash-flooding are possible.

Overnight Saturday, approximately 3 inches of rain fell in the Wildcat Creek basin. This produced minor flooding along the banks and filled flood storage farm ponds and retention ponds to capacity. With the imminent forecast, City of Manhattan officials are asking residents and visitors to take recommended precautions, sign up for emergency alerts and protect personal items, critical records and vehicles and have them in a safe space. You should plan to be self-sustained for 48-72 hours and if you live in a flood plain, be prepared to evacuate quickly.

As a reminder, you should never drive into flooded areas. Turn around, don’t drown.

NWS-Topeka graphic (May 20)

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