Firefighters rescue man and his son from Stranger Creek
A 48-year-old McLouth man and his 10-year-old son were rescued Monday from Stranger Creek after the canoe they were riding in tipped over in rising flood waters, officials said.
According to Leavenworth County sheriff's deputies, a county employee noticed Jim Pennel and his son, Derrek, clinging to a canoe about 2:10 p.m. near 219th Street and 4-H Road.
The canoe had capsized when a branch hit the boat, deputies said.
Derrek pulled himself out of the creek, but Jim became trapped on the other side, about 100 yards south of 4-H road.
Members of the Leavenworth County Water Rescue Team had to use a boat to rescue the father.
The incident lasted until 3:30 p.m.
Due to extensive rains and flash flooding over the past few days the waterline at Stranger Creek is a full two feet above the flood stage, according to Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha.
Magaha described the creek as "Lake Stranger" and said that roads running along the creek are impassable.
As part of the county's effort to prevent injuries during floods, the county has made an effort to purchase structures near or along the creek through the Hazard Mitigation Buyout program.
Magaha said so far, there have been no injuries reported due to the heavy precipitation, although there was the narrow escape on Monday.
Although both father and son were not injured, the incident is another example of people not respecting flood-type conditions,