Update: Gov. Colyer issues state of disaster emergency following Labor Day floods

Parts of Manhattan, Kansas, were flooded after a severe rainstorm passed through Sept. 3, 2018. Some businesses and homes had several feet of water on the first floors. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

Governor Jeff Colyer declared a state of disaster emergency in Riley County following Monday’s floods, opening the door to state and federal aid. The declaration also covers Jewell, Kingman, Marshall and Pratt Counties.

As previously reported by The Collegian, the weekend’s storms dumped between 8 and 9.31 inches in the Riley County area. In some areas, floodwater engulfed cars and nearly reached the roofs of businesses.

According to a news release from the City of Manhattan manager’s office, local inspectors are working to assess flood damage, but an estimate of damages will not be available until all properties are inspected. The Federal Emergency Management Agency may assist with government agency costs.

The American Red Cross is still managing two shelters for displaced residents: one at Pottorf Hall, allowing pets, and one at St. Thomas More Church, not allowing pets. The combined capacity of the shelters is 200; it is estimated that 300 people are displaced, some have and will continue to seek shelter elsewhere.

Donations will not be accepted at this time.

The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain, thunderstorms and showers through Saturday. Residents can sign up for emergency notifications on the Riley County website.

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