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Archive for Saturday, July 9, 2011

25 years ago: North Lawrence intersection blocked by high waters

July 9, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 9, 1986:

  • The Lawrence area had received heavy rains over the weekend. An official 4.17 inches had fallen on Sunday, more than 3.5 inches of it after 5 p.m. High water had caused drainage problems all over the city, and the downpours had even lifted chunks of asphalt from some streets. As of Monday morning, traffic was still being routed around the Union Pacific underpass on North Second Street because of high waters.
  • The Kansas University Medical Center and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment were uniting their efforts in a search for some radioactive material that was missing from the medical center. The material, known as cesium, had been discovered missing the previous September, but the loss had not been announced until an extensive in-house investigation had produced no leads. When last seen, the material had been encased in a one-inch long, 3/4-inch diameter sealed stainless steel cylinder, which in turn was housed in a 40-pound, lead-shielded container.

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