Flooding displaces hundreds after nine inches of rain falls on Manhattan, Kansas

Marc LaVoie
September 04, 2018 - 5:10 am

About 300 people were forced to evacuate their homes after a rare 8.9-inch rain event early Monday morning. 

Areas were flooded that had never flooded before, said Ron Fehr, Manhattan city manager, as reported in the Manhattan Mercury. 

The event was not a 100-year flood, but more like a 700-year or 800-year event, Fehr said.

The American Red Cross set up emergency shelters, including one at Bramlage Coliseum at Kansas State University. City officials said they were not asking for donations or volunteers, but people who want to contribute should call the Red Cross.

Complicating matters in Manhattan is the forecast, which calls for more rain throughout the week.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries associated with Monday's storm.

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