Archive for Tuesday, June 15, 2010

40 years ago: River current pulls two men in rubber raft over Bowersock dam

June 15, 2010


A wide section of Kansas was affected by a series of thunderstorms, which spawned several funnel clouds and winds up to 85 miles per hour. Fortunately, only two funnels touched the ground, and only minor damage was reported. Although a possible tornado was reported in western Douglas County, Lawrence experienced only an “ear-splitting” thunderstorm with just .67 inch of rain.

The city commission was in the process of taking bids on a culvert for a drainage ditch on 15th Street west of Kasold Drive. This was to be the first in a series of moves in a project to widen Kasold to four lanes. The entire project was expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Two young men survived an unintended trip over the Bowersock dam. As they were riding down the river on rubber air-mattress-type rafts, intending to leave the river upstream, they were pulled by the current toward the dam. After going over the dam, they made their way to the north bank of the river.


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