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25 years ago: Officials appeal for federal aid for flood victims

July 6, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 6, 1988:

  • Douglas County officials today took the first step toward possible federal aid for flood victims in the Lone Star area. County commissioners declared a state of local disaster emergency about a week after massive rainfall had flooded Washington Creek, causing water to sweep through the small town of Lone Star. The county proclamation was the first in a chain of events necessary for federal assistance for restoring and cleaning up homes, properties, and roads. State and federal emergency damage assessment crews were scheduled to inspect the area tomorrow, and Sheriff Rex Johnson said today that he thought the damages would easily exceed $1 million.
  • While depositing a layer of mud in its path, the floodwater from Washington Creek had also uncovered what might have been the remains of an Indian village, according to Kansas University researchers. Robert Squier, chair of the anthropology department at KU, said that farmer Mack Dibble had asked him to come look at arrowheads, stone tools, and pottery churned up by the flood and left behind in a roadside ditch and soybean field northeast of Lone Star. The violent flood had cut out soil from two feet below the surface, probably at a turn of the stream, and had flung the materials out into the field, Squier said. Alfred Johnson, director of KU's Museum of Anthropology and a specialist in plains archaeology, said that pottery and arrowheads found at the site had been identified as being made between A.D. 750 and A.D. 1000. Also found were scraping tools, knives, piercing tools, axes chipped out of flint, and a tremendous amount of waste left from stone chipping. Some of the flint was from southern Missouri, indicating trade contacts, Johnson said. He added that the university did not have the financial resources to conduct an extensive excavation but that a preliminary survey was planned to determine the borders of the village site and the periods of culture represented.

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