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Posted Friday, August 2, 2019 - 8:11pm

Areas of Douglas County received between 8 and 10 inches of heavy rainfall within eight hours July 31-Aug. 1, which caused widespread flooding and potentially caused damage to more than 100 homes.

If this rain had fallen over a 24-hour period, it would have been close to the 100-year rainfall event used to create Douglas County FEMA floodplain maps. Because it happened over eight hours, historical data indicates that this particular storm is similar to a 500-year flood event.

Posted Friday, August 2, 2019 - 8:56am

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced today Anthony L. Roberts, Jr, 22, of Topeka was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the multiple murders in Downtown Lawrence on October 1, 2017. 

On June 25, 2019 a Douglas County Jury found Roberts guilty of Second Degree Murder of Colwin Henderson III, First Degree Felony Murder of Leah Brown, First Degree Felony Murder of Tre’Mel Dean and Attempted Second Degree Murder of Tahzay Rayton.

Posted Friday, July 26, 2019 - 6:25pm

Douglas County Public Works anticipates opening Route 458 (N 1000 Road) from E 1900 Road to E 2000 Road to unrestricted traffic beginning mid-morning Saturday, July 27.

Work on the project is substantially complete. Seeding and incidental work will be completed after the road is opened to traffic. Traffic will be carried through these work areas. Short-term lane closures may be required during final work activities.   

Posted Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:37am

Douglas County Public Works now plans to close Route 1061 (E 2200 Road) to through traffic between Route 458 (N 1000 Road) and K-10 Highway beginning Wednesday, July 31, for a large culvert replacement project. It was originally scheduled to close Monday, July 29. The closure postponement is necessary since construction on Route 458 from E 1900 Road to E 2000 Road will not be completed and the road opened to traffic by Monday, July 29.

Posted Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:26am

A bridge on N 200 Road, approximately 0.8 miles east of E 1400 Road, will be closed beginning Monday, July 29, for painting of the steel superstructure. The bridge is approximately one mile west of Baldwin City. Public Works anticipates the closure duration will be one week, weather permitting.

Public Works anticipates the currently closed bridge on E 1000 Road just north of US-56 Highway will be opened Tuesday, July 30. It has also been closed for painting of the steel superstructure.

Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

Douglas County Emergency Management staff has compiled the following Q&A information to help those who are recovering from the May 28 tornado, and for those who want to provide assistance.

Q: How can I get assistance?

A: If you were impacted by the tornado and need any type of assistance (debris removal, financial, emotional) or have questions, please call 2-1-1.

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019 - 2:14pm

Douglas County Emergency Management is seeking feedback on the Kansas Homeland Security Region K Hazard Mitigation Plan, which covers nine Kansas counties, including Douglas, and two tribes.

Posted Friday, July 19, 2019 - 4:54pm

Douglas County Commissioners set the 2020 county budget for publication during their July 17 meeting.

They recommended a .379 mill levy increase, which raises the mill levy from 46.015 to 46.394. The owner of a $185,000 home will pay the county about $8 more in property taxes.

The 2020 budget includes additional funding for:

Posted Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 4:21pm

Clint Flory was born and raised in Douglas County and was active in 4-H, like his father and grandfather. That meant he spent a lot of time at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in east Lawrence, where he attended 4-H meetings, competitions and the county fair.

He also met his wife, Josie, at the fairgrounds, and now their children – ages 11, 13 and 14 – are active in 4-H as well. “We’ve all grown up here,” he said.

Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 12:20pm

Douglas County Public Works announces a portion of Route 460 (N 700 Road) at Vinland will be closed on Tuesday, July 16, and Wednesday, July 17, for two culvert replacements, weather permitting.

One culvert location is just east of the Vinland airport runway, and the other culvert is located between E 1719 Road and E 1725 Road. Route 460 will be opened at the end of each workday. There will be no posted detour given the relatively short duration for the closures. An available detour route is Route 1057 (E 1900 Road) to Route 458 (N 1000 Road) to Route 1055 (E 1600 Road).

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