HUTCHINSON, Kansas – An 18-year-old Reno County woman was swept away by floodwaters Sunday night.
” She had gotten swept off the road and into a ditch,” says Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson. “There’s some very tense moments. She was scared. Initially she reported she had water up to the console of her vehicle. When the officers found her it was actually up to her seat.”
Henderson says the woman got into high water on a county road about five miles west of Hutchinson. But at first, the woman did not call 911.
“Initially she called her sister, which, please, if you’re in a dangerous situation, call 911 first,” explains Henderson. “But like we did on this young lady, we actually pinged her cell phone to find her.”
That cell phone “ping” allowed officers to locate her and get her to safety.
“Her vehicle was swept into the ditch,” explains Henderson. “And it actually got caught in the ditch. She is lucky it wasn’t just swept away completely.”
And, with more rain on the way Monday night, Henderson several reminders to stay alive.
“Flooding can hit fast,” says Henderson. “It could be flooded this hour, not the next hour. Again, in another hour. So, they just need to be very careful. But do not drive around barricades, because those barricades have been put there after it (roadways) had been inspected.”
Northern parts of Reno county and the southern edges of McPherson county are expected to get flooding from the Monday night rains.