Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2012

Crews investigate gasoline in sewers near Schwegler Elementary

September 27, 2012, 12:39 p.m. Updated September 27, 2012, 3:24 p.m.


City and county crews continue to investigate gasoline detected in the sewers near Schwegler School, 2201 Ousdahl.

City and county crews investigate gasoline in the sewer near Schwegler Elementary, 2201 Ousdahl.

City and county crews investigate gasoline in the sewer near Schwegler Elementary, 2201 Ousdahl.

Thursday morning at around 11 a.m., a plumber in the 2200 block of Ousdahl Road detected a gasoline odor while working on a home in the area, and city crews found "high explosive readings" from area sanitary sewer manholes, said Lawrence-Douglas Fire Medical Division Chief Eve Tolefree.

No evacuations were necessary, and negative readings were detected at nearby Schwegler Elementary.

Several roads in the area were closed to traffic, including the 2200 block of Ousdahl Road.

School officials are asking parents picking up students from school to enter the area from north of the school on Ousdahl Road and exit at 22nd Terrace onto Naismith Drive.

Tolefree said they do not know how the gasoline ended up in the sewers. Door hangers with contact information were distributed to homes in the area.

Check back for updates as they become available.


irnmadn88 5 years, 9 months ago

Hmm. There was once a filling station on 23rd St right around the corner from there... Does this story from 2006 ring any bells?

jackpot 5 years, 9 months ago

Dillon's may have removed the tanks. There is a big patch in lot where the pumps were.

Laura Garinger 5 years, 9 months ago

that gas station is still there... it's all blocked off with caution tape now.

auntmimi210 5 years, 9 months ago

Are you talking about the old Kwik Shop?

jackpot 5 years, 9 months ago

I was. I forgot about the station just west of that.

kufan1146 5 years, 9 months ago

Fire crews came door to door and asked if I had smelled gas and tested the drain in my shower and under my water heater - I assumed natural gas, not gasoline. Interesting.

classclown 5 years, 9 months ago

KU back to flushing chemicals down the toilet again?

blindrabbit 5 years, 9 months ago

Want to get a "blast" about gasoline in the sewers, go to several websites on this subject in Mexico. Whole city blocks demolished!

headdoctor 5 years, 8 months ago

The only way gasoline would get moved up hill with the Lawrence sewer system is if it came into the pipes by a lift pumping station. In that case the pumps would push it up and over the hill back into the gravity feed pipes. Most of that whole effected area would drain by gravity toward and through East Lawrence to the treatment plant. The lift stations are what causes some of the Lawrence sewer system to fail under heavy load. The sections of town that drain by gravity can't handle the load placed on it from the lift stations.

classclown 5 years, 8 months ago


Then this might not be a good time to be on a flat roof in the area using an open flame to heat lay a flat roof down because sewers have roof top vents that suck fumes out as a chimney would smoke, that connect to those gasoline fumed sewers.

September 27, 2012 at 11:56 p.m.

hahaha You almost sounded like you knew what you were talking about until you got to that point. Those vents are not there to suck out fumes but thanks for the laugh.

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