News Flash

City of Manhattan News

Posted on: October 29, 2020

Resilient Wildcat Creek update to the Wildcat Creek Floodplain Management Plan

flashing signs

At the October 13 City Commission meeting, the City’s Floodplain Manager, Chad Bunger, shared some of the ideas developed by the Resilient Wildcat Creek group, which was formed to encourage collaboration, study the impacts of flooding, and devise ways to create a more flood-resilient community. The effort is guided by the Citizen Advisory Team (CAT) and City and County staff.

The group proposes that the City of Manhattan adopt an ordinance that requires property owners in floodplain areas to notify renters of the flood risk before a lease is signed. This document would be separate from the lease and would apply to both residential and commercial properties in flood prone areas.

They would also like to install signs in flood prone areas to inform the public. These signs could provide a variety of flood information, such as past flood heights, properties impacted, along with photos and other informative graphics.  An example of this sign type was created and installed in Florence, Kansas, by the City of Florence, the State of Kansas, and USACE.

Bunger also shared an idea to install additional emergency warning signs in flood prone areas to help notify the public immediately before and during a flood event. This type of sign is currently installed at the Scenic Drive Bridge over Wildcat Creek. The signs include warning lights that are activated by the Riley County Emergency Manager during a flood threat. 

The City has also been actively mitigating flood-prone properties through buyouts, investing in advanced floodplain mapping software, adapting requirements for new developments and property improvements, and collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies.

Find more information about Resilient Wildcat Creek plans, and floodplain management online at 

historic flooding sign

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City of Manhattan News

2022 City Budget Approved

Posted on: September 29, 2021
photo of levee on Kansas River side

Levee Project Moving Forward

Posted on: September 24, 2021
photo of a child's feet pedaling a tricycle

Volunteers to Help Build Kid's Bike Park

Posted on: September 9, 2021
back 9 2

FUZE: An Aggieville Development Project

Posted on: August 24, 2021
Clear the Shelter logo with photo of puppy and kitten

Pet Poolooza and Clear the Shelters

Posted on: August 10, 2021

2021 Sanitary Sewer Line Maintenance

Posted on: July 12, 2021
photo of steam rising from manhole cover on Wreath Avenue

2021 Cured-in-Place Pipe Projects

Posted on: June 28, 2021
Rina Neal photo

Rina Neal Named Finance Director

Posted on: March 22, 2021
photo of fire apparatus and personnel working to put out a fire

House Fire Damages Attic

Posted on: February 8, 2021
architectural drawing of Stonehven Park

Stonehaven Master Plan

Posted on: January 25, 2021
photo of house key hanging from doorknob

Kansas Eviction Protection Program

Posted on: November 2, 2020
pollinator pockets graphic

Take the Pollinator Pockets Survey

Posted on: October 26, 2020
Manhattan Fire Department logo

Manhattan Fire Fighters Test Positive

Posted on: October 23, 2020
sinkhole 8-21-20

8/21/20 Sink Hole - Leavenworth & Third

Posted on: August 21, 2020