Kansas vying for $40M federal grant for Wildcat Creek

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) – Kansas has reached the final phase of a competition for a large federal grant that would be used to ease flooding in the Manhattan area.

The state Agriculture Department says the state’s grant application to remodel the Wildcat Creek Watershed to address flooding reached the final phase of a Department of Housing and Urban Development competition. The grant could bring up to $40 million of emergency and long-range improvement money into the Manhattan area.

The money comes from a $1 billion surplus from the federal government’s efforts to rebuild portions of the East Coast after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Manhattan and Riley County qualified because of the Wildcat Creek flood in 2011.

HUD’s expected to announce the awards in January.

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