The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1995 · Page 1
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r the Salina Journal THURSDAY 67 HIGH Serving Kansas since 1871 Salina, Kansas May 18,1995 Sopped central Kansas eyes rivers Bunker Hill .;....... 1.80 Barnard 0.87 Chase 0.23 Concordla 0.82 Lincoln 1.58 Luray '. 2.03 Russell •• 1-43 Salina 3.53 Deluge invokes memories of summer'93 flood By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal Don Boyer held out the photograph of his Solomon service station during the 1993 flood. It was surrounded by water. During the early-morning hours Wednesday, as storm after storm passed through central Kansas, his business was again plagued by water — except this time it poured under the doors to cover the floor. The water was 6 inches deep in some places. The rain gauge a block away, at the Farmers Coop Association, collected 7.5 inches of rain between Tuesday and Wednesday. "That's what it looked like in 1993, and that wasn't anything like we had last night," Boyer said, clutching the old photograph of his station. "There was a lot of water. I've never seen it rain that hard for that long." Other citizens of Saline and Dickinson counties made similar observations Wednesday. Thunderstorms rumbled through the two counties late Tuesday and early Wednesday with heavy rain, hail and strong winds. Wheat was lost. Windows were broken. Roads, including Old Highway 40 in several places between Solomon and Chapman, were closed. And residents worried that more moisture could push already swollen creeks and rivers farther from their banks. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Wednesday for Mulberry Creek near Salina, the Smoky Hill River near New Cambria and Gypsum Creek near Gypsum. Officials in Chapman watched a nearby creek, which was slightly out of its banks by Wednesday afternoon. "We remember two years ago when it flooded, and we don't want to get caught in that situation again," said Mary Alice Frauenfelder, a temporary worker in the Chapman city clerk's office. The city clerk had been ordered home after spending the night on storm duty. About 30 residents went to the basement of City Hall to wait out the storm that damaged an estimated 50 percent of the homes in the Dickinson County town of fewer than 1,500. Lee Dachenhausen, who lives in a mobile home park in the northeast part of Chapman, was jerked awake by the sounds of hail hitting her roof. Some pieces were as large as baseballs. Windows were shattered, and her mobile home had numerous dents. "By the time we got out, it was so bad we couldn't even get to the shelter," she said. "I'm 58 years old, and that's the first time I've ever been scared." The Abilene airport also took a hit. A large hanger lost doors and its roof and six planes inside were damaged. . Sidney Hammond, a member of the airport advisory board, said the damage ranged from minor to major. His plane, a single-engine Cessena 172, had an injured wing and" nose. In addition, pilots were being warned that part of the runway was under water Wednesday. >• See GORHAM, Pag* A3 U.S.81wi ', By GORDON NIDIIR JR. The Sollno Journal Kim Johnson of Hebron, Neb,, will consider Friday to be a significant milestone in the widen-, ing of U.S. 81. Johnson, president of the Pan American Highway Association, 1 will be among officials from two states, including Kansas Gov. pill Graves, gathering Friday at the junction of K-106 and U.S. 81 'near Minneapolis for a groundbreaking ceremony signaling the start of widening to four lanes 14.4 miles of U.S. 81 from Minneapolis to the Cloud County line. • "It's very important, symbolically," Johnson said of the $8.43 million project. "It's the first : time in 24 years U.S. 81 has received attention." The last Kansas section, be.„ tween Salina and Minneapolis, was completed around 1971. "It's important for people to know this project is moving for- Kelly Presnell/Salina Journal Sean Haaaerty (left) and Nikki Vanous team up with another man to help push a stalled van out of hip-deep water in the 600 block of South Santa Fe Avenue late Tuesday night. Runoff from torrential rains flooded the street and in some places approached the foundations of homes and flooded vehicles parked in the area. Laurie Zipf/Salina Journal Michael Lehron (left) and Ron Kimmel, both of Chapman, place plastic over damaged windows at the home of David Umphlette in a Chapman trailer court Wednesday. Laurie Zipf/Salina Journal Jim Turner, who works for the city of Abilene, moves pieces from the roof of the Abilene airport's hangar Wednesday. High winds and hail from a storm that moved through the area about 2:30 a.m. damaged the hangar and planes inside. The runway also was covered with water. Salinans battle flooding after heavy rain By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Frank Weinhold, Salina's director of general services, headed back to the office in search of another pump. Bicyclists were having fun riding through curb-high water on Austin Circle, Courtney Drive and Ricky Circle in east Salina, but homeowners were getting mighty tired of having a lake for front yards. "We started trying to pump it out two nearsre hours ago," Weinhold said, "but we're not making any headway. We're bringing in a second pump. It's a bad situation." Two hours of heavy rain Tuesday night caused street flooding all over Salina, Weinhold said. Most of the more than 4 inches of rain had flowed into drainage ditches before morning, but the east Salina streets were trouble spots. In Saline County, Gail Aills, director of Saline County Emergency Manage- ment, said sections of a dozen roads were still closed late Wednesday afternoon because of flooding, and a portion of Schilling Road from Power to Hedville had washed out. Two state highways, K-4 from K-15 west to Gypsum and K-43 from Detroit to Enterprise, also were closed because of high water. But Aills said an end to the high water was in sight. Mulberry Creek was expected to crest by today at 26 feet, which is 2 feet above flood stage but nearly 1.5 feet lower than the highest level recorded during flooding in the summer of 1993. Aills said the creek measured 23.35 feet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, but by 8 p.m., another round of showers fell on Salina. At 26 feet, some homes near Mulberry Creek could be threatened, Aills said, and those residents were warned. No one was evacuated. See SALINE, Pag* A3 REBEL VOICES sup- said Sen- Ben sen, R-Salina, a Ion porter ,of ;•*%. Pan Highway Association's •tte association's \ * ^ ., have a four-lane highway between Mexico and Canada, All is now four-lane except for a 467- mile stretch between Minneapolis and Watertown, S.D,<;, The Minneapolis project will get under way Friday. IVwiU be the first of three stages that will • widen the highway to Concordia, , where construction started last • year on a wider overpass to carry U.S. 81 over a raU yard. The second stage, scheduled to start about this time next year, is a nine-mile section from the Ottawa County line north to county road 140 and includes a diamond interchange at Highway 24. Stage three, is an 8.4- mile leg from county road 140 to Concordia. It is scheduled to start in 1997, The cost for the 64-mile section between Minneapolis and the-Nebraska line is estimated at $150 million, but only i4S of the 64 miles ;has been fundfd to the current Kansas Comprehensive Highway Program, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Nebraska is working on several sections between Chester and .Columblis in east-central Nebraska. - "The whole expressway is to be under construction by 2004," Johnson said- v "The one IJttle fly in the ointment is it's only, designated from Chester to No^folki;* "Johnson said. There is pressure within Nebraska to veer the route northeast to connect with Interstate 29 near Sioux City, Iowa. "Our association desires to have the four-lane from Norfolk to Yankton, S.D.," he said. The face of extremism wears many guises - most of them ordinary Walt fixes TVs and joins lots of hate groups; conspiracies abound A history prof talks of war By TONY HORWITZ Special to The Wall Street Journal Reprinted with permission of the Wall Street Journal Copyright 1995 Dow Jones Inc. All rights reserved COLUMBIA, S.C. — The breakfast crowd at the Capitol Restaurant looked about as rabid as the Rotary Club. Two men in business suits swapped embossed business cards. An engineer with a Mickey Mouse watch bragged about his birthplace, the setting for Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." Another man had the long curls and jaunty beret of a painter in Montmartre. "I'm Walt," he said, amiably thrusting his hand across a clutter of eggs and coffee. "I'm here to defend my race against the government and the Jewish-controlled media." Ostensibly, he and 40 others were there to march in support of the Confederate flag that flew atop the nearby statehouse. But as Walt and his several Northerners among them — quickly clear, the rebel flag was simply a symbol-of resisr tance in a broad war against a tyrannical government and its co-conspirators: blacks, the liberal media, feminists, gays, immigrants, Jews. "And the Freemasons are mixed up in this, too," Walt said. In the four months since, traveling across eight Southern states, I've repeatedly encountered similar groups, and strikingly similar views. Now, in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Midwestern militiamen are spout- Reporter Tony Honvitz is on a year's leave from The Wall Street Journal tore- search a book about the South. These are impressions from his recent travels. ing, almost verbatim, many of the conspiratorial notions I've heard aired at venues as varied as a Kentucky church, a Tennessee biker bar, a North Carolina wedding reception and a kitchen table in Mississippi where a mother home- >• See REBEL, Pag* A8 .'.SESWffiD-***; >. ^^i^-**-?-*- 1 "**"-- --'•"• INDEX Friday Lottery numbers A9 Scoreboard B2 B9 Lespos B1 Money B8 sports •-• °\ :; ro L esWies A6 Obituaries A9 TV Week Saturday .. A4 Local/Kansas A3 Religion Saturday USA Weekend Sunday Almanac B10 Classified B5 Encore , ^udesever^^elistin^' Comics B9 Lifesports B1 Money B8 Sports horoscopes, TV log, weather and on Crossword Sunday, the crossword puzzle Editorials JEWELL COUNTY MAY HAVE LOST $200,000 ... PAGE A3 BIG 12 OFFICIALS AGREE ON REVENUE SHARING ... PAGE B1

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