1 kid, 2 adults missing after falling into drainage ditch near 27th and Loomis in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department said one child and two adults are missing after being swept away in a drainage ditch near 27th and Loomis.

Crews responded around 6:30 p.m. Monday. The water was flowing fast with a strong current after Monday’s severe storms on Milwaukee’s south side.

According to police, witnesses say an 11-year-old child slipped into a drainage ditch leading into the Kinnickinnic River. Two adult men, a 34-year-old and 37-year-old, entered the river in an attempt to rescue the child. Police say the heavy rain and water swept all three.

“In that tunnel, we have no idea what was going on in that tunnel,” said Assistant Fire Chief DeWayne Smoots during a press briefing.

The Milwaukee Fire Department’s dive rescue team and the Milwaukee Police Department’s underwater dive rescue team, as well as other resources, responded to the scene.

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Dive response looking for 1 adult, 2 kids near 21st & Loomis

Due to conditions and not knowing what was going on in the tunnel, police say they did not put their crew in. They did, however, send a drone with a light into the tunnel.

Police said they talked to the sewage district, who said the tunnels get clogged with debris and it is possible that the victims got stuck on debris.

According to police, they say the situation was a “child at play gone wrong.”

Nur Rag, a father of five who lives nearby, said he often tell his children to stay away from the ditch.

“I tell them don’t get close to that place. You can slip in and it’s very dangerous, especially when it’s raining,” said Rag.

The storm created conditions that surprised Rag.

“I’ve never seen it that big. I’ve been here four years. I’ve never seen that water in the stream,” he said.

Others at the scene, and on TMJ4’s live digital stream, watched for hours, hoping they would be found alive.

“It’s sad, it’s tragic,” said Rag.

Police said Monday night it was too dangerous to continue rescue efforts. They will continue at daylight and if conditions are safe, they will enter the water.

Police are asking all citizens to stay clear of the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360.

The storms came as high temperatures and humidity settle in over states stretching through parts of the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and east 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.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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