TUESDAY 6/14/2022 6:00 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Searchers on Tuesday found the body of a 10-year-old boy who was swept away in a Milwaukee drainage ditch following severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain and damaging winds to a wide swath of the Midwest and parts of the South.
The boy’s body was found during a search of the city’s drainage tunnels, WITI-TV reported. Two adults in their 30s who entered the water in an attempt to rescue the child Monday evening were still missing, according to Milwaukee fire and police officials.
Firefighters focused their search Tuesday on three connected tunnels that carry water to the Kinnickinnic River. Search crews did not enter the tunnels Monday night because of dangerous conditions and instead sent a drone inside in an attempt to locate the three, officials said. Police said all three knew each other, but didn’t elaborate.
The water was deep and fast-flowing following the severe storms, which also caused damage in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. And the storms also packed a punch early Tuesday as they rolled into West Virginia, where numerous roads were closed by downed trees and power lines.
According to the website PowerOutage.us, which tracks outages nationwide, more than 400,000 electric customers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia were without service Tuesday afternoon.
The storms came as high temperatures and humidity settled in over states stretching from parts of the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and eastward to the Carolinas. More than 100 million people were facing combination of heat advisories, excessive heat warnings and excessive heat watches through Wednesday following record weekend temperatures in parts of the West and the Southwest.
Thunderstorm clusters in the lower Great Lakes region met the criteria to be considered a derecho, the National Weather Service tweeted Tuesday. A derecho is a widespread, straight-line wind storm that is associated with fast-moving severe thunderstorms.
Original: Three people in Wisconsin missing after getting swept away by river
TIUESDAY 6/14/2022 8:53 a.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – Heavy rainfall and ‘swift’ water conditions challenged first responders when searching for three people who were swept away by the Kinnickinnic River.
According to the Milwaukee Police Department, on Monday a child reportedly slipped into a drainage ditch and two men jumped in after the child. The incident reportedly happened around 6 p.m., and authorities did say that all three were ‘familiar’ with each other.
Witnesses told officials that the child slipped into the drainage ditch and the two men went in after him. All three were then reportedly swept down the river. The water was described as ‘swift’ and ‘deep’.
The three people were identified as:
- 11-year-old child
- 34-year-old man
- 37-year-old man
Both the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue team and Milwaukee Police Department’s Underwater Dive Team responded to the scene.
Monday night’s search was stopped due to the amount of water in the river and nightfall. However, the search will reportedly continue. Authorities advised residents to be careful around water.
Anyone with information is asked to call 414-935-7360. Local 5 will update this story if more details are released.