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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Operations of the Oklahoma Water
Board are slowly returning to some semblance of order after the board's offices were
left in a shambles after the terroristic bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City on April 19. The water board,
however, will never be the same after two of its personnel were killed in the
blast and three others were hospitalized with injuries.
The Oklahoma Water Resources Building, located at the corner of
Northwest Fifth streets, was located literally across the street from the
bombed federal building. The bomb crater actually is located within 200 feet
of the water resources building on the south curb of Northwest Fifth Street.
Trudy Rigney, a 31-year-old geographic information system
an internship with the water resources board, and Robert Neal Chipman, a
51-year-old financial analyst, died in the explosion. Rigney, a single mother
who had worked as an intern for the water resources board since last October,
had hoped to continue working there after graduation from the University of
Oklahoma this month, said Gary Thompson, chairman of the university's
geography department. The tragic death of Rigney follows the death of one of
the department's meteorologists in the American Eagle airplane crash in
Illinois last October.
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