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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.

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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.

Comments

classclown 1 year, 6 months ago

mikekt

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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headdoctor 1 year, 6 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.

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mikekt 1 year, 6 months ago

It could be any gasoline station leaking that is uphill from the discovery point........as an example could be both the operating one on Iowa St., south of 23rd or the closed one at 25th St & Iowa .......or both might drain to the south and away from this area.. Only the sewer people know the drainage map & know the elevations of that stuff & what drains to where. Generally, sewers are supposed to not drop more that to breaking bubble on a level touching one of the side vertical lines, so that the water doesn't flow thru the pipe faster than its' suspended effluent, dropping the effluent to clog the pipe. Manholes often help a sewer line to drop allot or make to make turns of direction: one pipe comes in near the surface and its' outflow drops to the bottom of the man hole & leaves in another pipe further down in elevation. Once, while working for a municipal utility, i got a call from the local fire department that they filled an onboard pumper trucks' tank, to fight a car fire on an interstate from a frontage rd fire hydrant, only to discover that they were spraying water mixed with gasoline, that had entered the fire hydrants barrel, thru its' built in barrel drains, which open automatically, by design, when a hydrant in freezable areas shuts off, which had moved into that fire hydrant underground, from a leaking buried gasoline station tank, nearby, uphill . Gasoline tanks vary in weight from day to day, ground water tries to float them up & out of the ground, etc.. They don't exist in a static force environment, where their own loads & the ground around them, doesn't move around them. Since i can smell gasoline does that mean it is lighter than air? Had to go uphill into a basement with a trap that wasn't sealing out the fumes ? 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.

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toe 1 year, 6 months ago

Sure it was not the school cafeteria food? After all the new federal requirements include a lot of fiber.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 6 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!

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classclown 1 year, 6 months ago

KU back to flushing chemicals down the toilet again?

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kufan1146 1 year, 6 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.

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irnmadn88 1 year, 6 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?

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/may/11/gasoline_may_have_leaked_farther_thought_kdhe_says/?city_local

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