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40 years ago: Flooding hits area again; hundreds evacuated

October 12, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 12, 1973:

  • The Lawrence area was threatened by flooding again today from another storm which was swamping the region with rainfall amounts between 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 inches. The overnight storm, which continued into this morning, had knocked out power lines, overflowed local streams, closed some roads, and further set back harvesting and planting. Rainfall amounts of 7 to 9 inches in other areas of Kansas and western Missouri had kept emergency crews busy as hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes overnight. The overflow of Wildcat Creek in Manhattan, Kansas, had forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the south part of the city. About 400 were being evacuated in the northeast part of El Dorado, and about 150 of the 250 residents of Louisville, Kansas, had left their homes overnight. Disaster workers in the Kansas City metropolitan area were assisting about 500 residents of the low-lying sections of Smithville, Mo. The slow-moving storm had also triggered several tornadoes in the area from El Dorado to west of Wichita.
  • It was announced this morning that President Nixon had decided on a nominee to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president after Agnew's resignation this week. The president's choice was to be revealed this evening in a television address to the nation.

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