High water continues to hamper search for man who fell into river

The spillway on the Walnut River where a man fell into the water and disappeared on July 19, 2015. (KSN photo)

EL DORADO, Kansas – The search for a 26-year-old man who fell into the Walnut River will continue.

Searchers looking for a missing fisherman along the banks of the Walnut River in El Dorado's Riverside Park on July 19, 2015. (KSN photo)
Searchers looking for a missing fisherman along the banks of the Walnut River in El Dorado’s Riverside Park on July 19, 2015. (KSN photo)
Rescuers in Riverview Park in EL Dorado, scene of a search for a man who fell into the Walnut River.  (KSN photo)
Rescuers in Riverview Park in EL Dorado, scene of a search for a man who fell into the Walnut River. (KSN photo)

Officials said, for some reason, the man was trying to walk across a floodway dam and fell into the river at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. That part of the river flows next to Riverview Park.

Early in the search, rescuers contacted the Army Corps of Engineers to close nearby floodgates in order to assist the rescuers.

El Dorado police spokesman Lt. John Stewart says the water is moving rapidly because it is overflow from El Dorado Lake. Stewart says drains have been shut down but the water isn’t subsiding as much as searchers had hoped.

Agencies taking part in the search included the El Dorado Fire Department, El Dorado Police Department, Butler County Fire Department and Butler County Rescue Squad.

The name of the man has not been released.

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