Kansas Insurance agency's Topeka office closed until Monday

(Source: Kansas Dept. of Insurance)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Insurance's Topeka office will be closed for the rest of the week after the air conditioning quit working during unusually high temperatures.

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt said Thursday the office will reopen Monday, using a temporary portable swamp cooling system.

The Wichita Eagle reports the air conditioning has been out since Monday but temperatures Monday and Tuesday were in the 60s and low 70s. When temperatures outside hit 86 Wednesday, they reached into the 90s inside the agency's Topeka office. Highs Thursday and Friday are expected to be in the mid-90s.

Because the department is in a building constructed in 1924, employees couldn't even open the windows to catch a breeze.

It will take four to six weeks to put in a new air conditioning system.