The view from the U.S. Highway 77/Kansas Highway 9 bridge northeast of Blue Rapids has changed dramatically over the past three summers.

In 2018, the Big Blue River ran within its banks for most of the summer, and the riparian areas were lush with trees and vegetation lining those banks. In 2019, the area looked like a vast lake, as Tuttle Creek Reservoir filled with floodwaters that backed up for dozens of miles over a period of nine months. In 2020, the river has returned back to normal levels, but the trees are brown and leafless, drowned by the long-standing flood.