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Archive for Monday, May 15, 2006

Flash flooding brings dramatic rescue

May 15, 2006

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— A strong line of storms with heavy rain, large hail and high winds moved through portions of Texas on Sunday, forcing a dramatic rescue of two teenage boys caught in a flooded drainage ditch.

The teens had stopped to help the driver of a car swept off the road by flash flooding and into a ditch when they were dragged under by the strong currents.

One was sucked into a 70-foot-long drainage pipe and spat out on the other side of the road, said Fire Chief Glen Arthur in Hewitt, a small town just south of Waco.

Firefighters had to pry the other teen out after he became trapped under the vehicle.

The teenagers, the woman driving the car and a firefighter were taken to a local hospital and later released, said Arthur, who would not release their names.

There were no immediate reports of any other injuries from the storms.

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