Channel 8: Tuttle Creek Lake sits almost 40 feet above average elevation

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With elevated water levels on the Missouri River creating downstream flooding conditions, manmade lakes run by the U.S Army Corp of Engineers in the river basin are seeing flood channels nearing capacity. Tuttle Creek Lake, one of many systems in the basin, has flood channels that are usually empty at 40 percent capacity.

Manhattan, which sits at a confluence of two major river systems in the United States, is especially prone to flooding conditions as was seen Labor Day weekend in 2018 where flash flooding conditions forced the evacuation of homes and businesses in the flood plain.

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