Kansas Turnpike Authority
Memorial to Jacobs Creek Flash Flood
On the evening of August 30, 2003 a heavy rain event caused storm water to swell out of the banks of the usually dry Jacobs Creek. Located just south of Emporia, the small stream was now flooding the Kansas Turnpike. Two of the stranded motorist, Al Larsen and Ryan Lane are credited with saving the lives of seven other travellers that night; getting them out of their cars to higher ground. A wall of water caused by a heavy down burst, washed the stranded vehicles down stream, taking six lives with it. The memorial was to celebrate the survivors and remember the valent efforts of Al and Ryan.
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