Hays kids swept into drainage tunnel

(photo courtesy Hays Post)

HAYS, Kansas — Chief Gary Brown of the Haysville Fire Department reported that two children were swept into the Lincoln Draw drainage tunnel Monday afternoon by stormwater.

Responders set up teams to rescue the children as they were carried by the swiftly moving water.

One 10-year-old child was rescued in good condition and transported to Hays Medical Center.

The second child, a 14-year-old, was not immediately located and the search was expanded to cover manhole to manhole as well as downstream towards Big Creek.

Police officers located the second child at her home. She had climbed out of a storm drain connected to the tunnel. She was also transported to Hays Medical Center as a precaution.

Hays officials are asking parents to impress upon their children the dangers of playing in stormwater drainage features. They remind us that you may be swept off your feet by swiftly moving water as shallow as six inches deep.

(photo courtesy Hays Post)

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