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Construction begins to fix deadly section of Kansas River


September 20, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Crews are beginning work to fix a dangerous stretch of the Kansas River where three people have drowned since 2007.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the two-year, $5.7 million project starts Monday and aims to make a river weir in Topeka safer.

Friends of the Kaw executive director Dawn Buehler says the problem is that calmer, slow-moving water suddenly speeds up around the weir, creating a dangerous "washing-machine effect."

Kelly Ryan, levee engineer at the Topeka Utilities Department, said construction will be done in two phases. That construction is expect...

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