Manhattan is still feeling the pain from last week’s heavy rains as the city is still working on repairing two sinkholes and also dealing with the closure of 12th Street from Bertrand to Ratone.

The city closed 12th Street because of damage to storm sewers. However, the sewer system is still working, and the public works department created a temporary service for nearby businesses, the city reported Thursday.

Additionally, Vivienne Uccello, the city’s public information officer, said Bertrand Street from 11th Street to North Manhattan Avenue is closing Monday due to inspections of storm sewer boxes. Uccello said the city is not sure how long the closure will last due to inspection results.

Hayes Drive is still closed near Levee Drive as well as by Bluemont on account of the two sinkholes, near the UPS Customer Center and Walmart, respectively. Officials said the cause of the sinkholes is likely a combination of a high water table and a possible collapsing of the pipe, among other possible reasons.

The city announced Bayer Construction is “tentatively scheduled” to help with repairing those areas.

No timeline is in place for when the road would open again or when the sinkholes would be fixed, the city said.

Public works is also removing debris from inlets across the area, the city said Thursday.

The city repaired the traffic signal at McCall Road and Tuttle Creek Boulevard, but officials advise drivers to not drive around barriers, as they continue working on the installation of the protected right turn fixture at the intersection.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30% chance of rain and thunderstorms Saturday night, and a 20% chance Sunday.

9/11 Day of Remembrance

To remember and honor the thousands of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, the Flint Hills Volunteer Center and Senior Corps RSVP program are partnering together in hosting an event starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bishop Stadium, 3308 Robinson Drive in CiCo Park.

Former Central Intelligence Agency executive Chuck Banks is the speaker at the event, where he will discuss stories from that day. He started his career in the military 40 years ago at Fort Riley and also attended Kansas State University, according to a press release.

Special guests include the Fort Riley Mounted Color Guard and Fort Riley 1st Division Band, among others.

The Vista Food Truck will serve food at the event, beginning at 5 p.m. People can share messages with first responders on the Wall of Gratitude. Manhattan Town Center will display the wall after the event.

To conclude the night, people can participate in a candlelight vigil to honor those who served and died on 9/11.


The Manhattan City Commission approved the following board appointment during its Tuesday meeting:

Grace Palcic, 1835 Todd Rd., was appointed to a one year-student term on the City/University Special Projects Fund committee. The term starts now and expires June 30, 2020.