MANHATTAN — Evacuations were taking place early Monday in the Manhattan area after heavy rainfall in the area, with more precipitation expected in the coming dayis, authorities said.
The National Weather Service office in Topeka has issued several flash flood watches and warnings for portions of north-central and northeast Kansas.
A Flash Flood Warning was issued around 5:50 a.m. for southern Geary and south-central Riley counties. The warning was to be in effect until 8:45 a.m., as heavy rain was falling in the area. The weather service said 2 to 4 inches of rain already had been reported in the area.
Some locations that will experience flooding include Junction City, Ogden, rural areas of Geary County and Grandview Plaza. The Flash Flood Warning includes Interstate 70 between mile markers 295 and 314.
Meanwhile, evacuations were taking place a few miles to the east.
As of 5 a.m., residents in the Keats community, located about five miles west of Manhattan along Wildcat Creek in Riley County, were being evacuated.
Authorities said the creek was expected to crest at over 21 feet.
Another Flash Flood Warning was in effect until 9 a.m. Monday for southeastern Marshall, northwestern Pottawatomie and central Riley counties, according to the National Weather Service.
At 4:41 a.m. Monday, the weather service said local law enforcement reported flash flooding in parts of Riley county from near Keats to west of Manhattan. Flash flooding is expected along the Wildcat Creek from near Keats to Manhattan. Radar and observations show 3 to 6 inches of rain have fallen in the warned area. Flash flooding is already occurring.
Excessive rainfall over the warned area may cause mudslides near steep terrain, the weather service said. The mudslide can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.
The weather service said locations that will experience flooding include Manhattan, Blaine, Ogden, Riley, Frankfort, Leonardville, Olsburg, Randolph, Keats and Tuttle Creek Lake.
Additional rainfall amounts of 0.5 to 1.5 inches are possible in the warned area.
More rain and flooding are expected in the areas west and northwest of the Topeka area on Monday, with additional precipitation likely over the next few days.