Sunday’s biggest rainfall hit center of town

By Tim Weideman

Central Manhattan took the brunt of Sunday’s storms — at least in terms of rainfall — K-State climatologist Mary Knapp said Monday.

About 3.2 inches of rain fell on the K-State campus Sunday, but only 0.76 of an inch was recorded at Manhattan Regional Airport on the city’s west side, according to Knapp.

Rainfall totals from other parts of Riley County closer to Manhattan ranged from 1.58 to 2.25 inches. Some official reports hadn’t been received as of Monday morning.

“I would say Riley County got fairly decent amounts of rain,” Knapp said. “But then as you get to the edges, it drops off considerably.”

The city of Riley, for example, only received 0.32 of an inch.

Areas of other neighboring counties tended to receive less rain than Manhattan. A total of 0.98 of an inch was reported in Pottawatomie County just outside Wamego.

In Clay County, Clay Center received half an inch, while 2.74 inches fell southwest of Junction City in Geary County.

Greater rain totals in Manhattan led to flooding in some areas.

The Riley County Police Department issued a flood advisory Sunday morning for North Manhattan Avenue near Bertrand and Vattier streets.

Meanwhile, K-18 from K-99 to K-177 had to be closed at 11:30 a.m. Sunday due to water over the roadway, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The highway was partially reopened at noon, then completely at 4:30 p.m. once the water had receded.

“It was very much a case of (rainfall) intensity,” Knapp said. “Areas that had those intense events just couldn’t drain fast enough.”

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