MCLOUTH, Kan. (KSNT) – Law enforcement officials found a woman alive after she went missing due to being swept away by serious flooding conditions early Tuesday morning.
The incident happened in Jefferson County at Wild Horse Rd. & 62nd St. near Ninemile Creek. Jefferson County Dispatch tells KSNT News they received a call at 1:39 a.m. from a neighbor who lived in the area. She told KSNT News the husband of the missing woman walked to her home and asked her to call 911.
The man told authorities he and his wife got stuck in the creek. He told them water started to creep up forcing them to get out and stand on top of their vehicle. The car then flipped, went under, and both his wife and their vehicle were taken away by the flood waters.
Authorities said the husband and wife were in the water for at least three hours before the man was able to make it to the neighbor’s house. He was treated for water exposure with symptoms of hypothermia.
Hours later authorities found the woman in the 20000 block of 251st Street, about 2 miles from where the man was located. Officials said the woman refused medical attention and was being taken back to her home. Jefferson County Emergency Management officials said the vehicle is still missing.
Keith Jeffers with Jefferson County emergency management told KSNT News the man and woman were taking pictures of the creek when the whole situation happened.
The neighbor who called 911 said this is the third time a vehicle has been swept away at Ninemile Creek within the last few years.
Multiple agencies from Jefferson and Leavenworth counties assisted in the search. Kansas Highway Patrol sent a helicopter with infrared to search for her. Rescue crews and dogs were requested from Manhattan, Olathe and Wichita to assist.
KSNT News will continue to update this story as we learn more information.