August 7, 2003
Hawkinsville-- Police say a 14-year-old was sucked into a drain pipe and drowned during a flash flood after he and a friend got into a ditch to see how deep the water was.
Officer Keats Walker says the two didn't realize there was a large drain pipe beneath the water when they went in shortly before six o'clock Wednesday evening.
Walker said the boy, who was not identified, was found about 40 minutes later where the pipe emerged from the ground.
The water accumulated in a ditch behind City Hall in the Pulaski County seat and then entered the pipe.
The flooding occurred during a downpour that lasted about 40 minutes and caused water to enter some businesses in an area of about one block.
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