Big Blue River

A drone photo taken last week east of the Big Blue River valley looking toward Blue Rapids shows part of the northern end of flooding caused by Tuttle Creek Reservoir’s backed-up water. For some 50 miles between Blue Rapids and Manhattan, farms and ranchlands have been inundated. Heavy rains here and rain and snowmelt from northern states have saturated the ground, preventing water from receding.

Water levels at Tuttle Creek Reservoir and Dam began to recede last week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued to release water in an effort to reduce the risk of large, potentially damaging surcharge releases.

According to a press release Monday from the Corps of Engineers, the goal is to release water by way of the dam’s tube system until a lake level of 1,128 feet is reached, which equates to about 20 percent of the reservoir’s flood control pool.