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OTTAWA TO ASSESS OPENING FLOODGATES

November 5, 1998

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— City officials in Ottawa today will assess whether to open floodgates protecting the city from the Marais des Cygnes River.

"We'll take a look at it to see how far the river has gone down," said Andy Haney, city public works director.

Officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation also will inspect the Main Street bridge to make sure it is safe before it is reopened, he said.

The earliest the floodgates would be opened is this afternoon, Haney said.

The floodgates have been closed since Sunday across the Main Street bridge and railroad crossings to protect Ottawa from the river, which rose several feet above flood stage following heavy rains.

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