Two Children Rescued From Floodwater In Spencer

Spencer, Iowa — Two children had to be rescued late Thursday from floodwater in Spencer.

Police Chief Mark Warburton says officers and rescue crews were called around 5:00 pm to the 600 block of 4th Street Southeast where they found two 12-year-old boys clinging to a utility pole in the Little Sioux River, calling out for help. Spencer High School Tennis coach Evan Scheck happened to be nearby and heard the cries for help. He swam out to the two boys and was able to help guide one of them back to shore. Law enforcement threw a floatation rescue disk to Scheck who was able to deliver it to the second boy. Scheck guided the child into the water with the floatation device and was then pulled to shore by law enforcement. Paramedics responded and checked out the two boys, who were not injured.

Warburton says police learned the two boys had attempted to cross the flooded walking trail on their bicycles near the footbridge when the current swept them downstream.

Authorities are reminding everyone to stay away from floodwaters. Flooding along rivers is especially dangerous due to rapid currents.