Welcome to the Ottawa County, Kansas
Ottawa County was established in 1866 deriving its name from the Indians that were native to the region. Located along US-81 six miles north of I-70 in North Central Region of Kansas, Ottawa County consists of 720 square miles. Ottawa County has a population of 6,177 based upon the 2003 census estimate. The county seat of Ottawa County is the city of Minneapolis. Farming and ranching provide the backbone of the local economy with manufacturing taking advantage of access to availability of two major interstates.
The Ottawa County Courthouse is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday except holidays designated by the Board of County Commissioners. The Treasurer's office stops processing all transactions at 4:30pm.
With the Saline River in Tescott predicted to Crest at 29.3 feet at 7:00 am May 22, 2019 the following precautions have been put in place for Ottawa County Residents. The Historic Crest for the Saline River at Tescott is 30.14 feet in 1993 and 28.15 feet in 2011.
Ottawa County Emergency Management has sand bags available for Tescott area residents at the old cheese factory 320 S. Main Street Tescott, Kansas 67484. Please call either Tescott City Hall 785-283-4337 or Ottawa County Emergency Management at 785-392-3600. If you are outside the Tescott area you may make arrangements with Ottawa County Emergency Management to pick up sand bags in the Minneapolis area.
An Emergency Evacuation Shelter has been set up in Salina at 2624 Magnolia, 1st Covenant Church, Salina, KS 67401 with a Pet Shelter at the Tony’s Event Center Barn A being maned by KSART (Kansas Animal Response Team). Ottawa County is utilizing these shelters for its residents& pets with Transportation being provided to the shelters until/at 7:00 pm tonight by Ottawa County Transportation. Arrangements must be made by 5:00 pm tonight for transportation this evening. Transportation will also be available tomorrow 5-22-2019 after 8:00 am. Please let Ottawa County Emergency Management know if you need transportation or if you are going to the Shelter in Salina.
KDHE Cautions Kansans to Avoid Stream and Waterways
Topeka - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is cautioning residents to stay out of Kansas waterways because of the recent flooding and associated unsafe water quality conditions.
In addition to the physical dangers associated with entering swift moving flood waters, the potential for high levels of pathogens in those waters exist. KDHE anticipates elevated levels of pathogens in rivers and streams across the state because of runoff. Additionally, over the past several days, numerous wastewater systems have experienced bypasses of sewage that enter local streams.
Individuals are advised to avoid contact with waterways and to restrict pets and livestock from entering streams and allow flood waters time to recede.
KDHE personnel are in contact with wastewater utilities in Kansas and are evaluating the extent of any bypassing.
Individuals should contact their local public works departments for questions related to their immediate area.