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Five-Year-Old Centralia Boy Sucked Into Drainage Culvert During Heavy Rains

August 5, 2016

A five-year-old Centralia boy playing outside after a heavy rain storm on the east side of Centralia late Wednesday afternoon was sucked into the culvert under the driveway of his home.

Centralia City Firefighters say Keigan Sample of Bel Air Drive was pulled into the culvert knees first by the water and was sitting on his ankles when he became stuck.  His mother worked to keep his head above the water.  Centralia Police and Fire were able to pull the boy free upon their arrival.  A Lifestar Ambulance crew treated the boy in the ambulance and warmed him up.  It was not immediately clear if Sample was taken to the hospital for treatment.   

The incident occurred at 5:05 Wednesday afternoon as a heavy rainstorm was pushing across the east side of Centralia.  The storm dumped over an inch and a half of rain across some of the area, mainly between 4:30 and 5 pm.  Meanwhile, the Centralia Water Plant officially recorded only 4/100ths of an inch of rain.   

The heavy thunderstorms stayed south of Salem and no additional rain was reported after the heavy early Wednesday morning rain.   Those storms dumped as much as three inches of rain in some rural areas north of Salem and in the Alma area, causing some roads to flood. 

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