Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Firefighters rescue man from Stranger Creek

June 6, 2001

A 48-year-old McLouth man and his 14-year-old son were rescued Monday afternoon from the rain-swollen waters of Stranger Creek.

According to Leavenworth County sheriff's officers, Jim Pennel and his son, Derrek, were canoeing in the creek near 219th Street and 4-H Road when a branch hit their boat, capsizing it. Derrek made it to safety, but his father ended up on the far bank, surrounded by flood waters. He was standing in running water up to his knees, about 100 yards south of 4-H Road.

Authorities were called about 2:15 p.m., and members of the Leavenworth County Water Rescue and Technical Services Team brought the elder Pennel to safety about 3:30 p.m.

Neither required medical treatment.

Although this incident occurred about 12 miles north of Tonganoxie, county officials caution that Stranger Creek has been out of its banks throughout the county because of recent heavy rains.

"There are more people killed by flooding waters than in any other severe weather event tornado and lightning combined," said Chuck Magaha, the county's emergency management director.

Numerous roads near the creek were under water this week.

"If you can't see the road under the water," Magaha said, "don't drive it."

Sheriff's officers also responded to Monday's rescue, along with Delaware Township Fire Department. The water rescue squad is comprised of 14 volunteers from five township fire departments: Tonganoxie, Delaware, Kickapoo, Reno and Sherman.

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