La. Boy Survives Ride Through Minn. Storm Drain
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An 8-year-old boy who was sucked into a culvert during record-setting rain in Duluth says his six-block ride through the storm sewer felt like 100 miles. (June 22)

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THE MOTHER OF 8-YEAR-OLD BOY KENNY MARKIEWICZ (MAR'-keh-witz) SAYS THE BOY IS GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE--AFTER HE WAS SWEPT AWAY IN FLOOD WATERS IN A SMALL MINNESOTA TOWN.KENNY AND HIS 10-YEAR-OLD COUSIN WERE SPLASHING AROUND IN A STORM DRAIN--WHEN A HE WAS SUCKED INTO A HEAVY WATER FLOW--DURING A RECORD-SETTING RAIN.(Amber Markiewicz)"He said mom I did what you told me to do, he goes I plugged my nose, I took a breath, and I prayed."AMBER MARKIEWICZ SAYS SHE HEARD KENNY'S COUSIN SCREAM--RAN TO INVESTIGATE AND FELT THE DRAW OF RUSHING WATER INTO THE 2 FOOT OPENING...KENNY WAS PUSHED THROUGH THE UNDERGROUND DRAIN SYSTEM FOR A THIRD OF A MILE--BEFORE HE WAS SPIT OUT IN A WOODED AREA NEAR A MOBILE HOME PARK. THE BOY SAID HIS SIX-BLOCK RIDE THROUGH THE STORM SEWER FELT LIKE 100 MILES...KENNY'S FAMILY IS JUST GLAD TO HAVE IN HOME--SAFE AND SOUND.[SIGOUT/REPORTER, LOCATION, ASSOCIATED PRESS](****END****) VIDEO SOURCE: KSTP-TV-----------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: courtesy embargo Minneapolis-St. Paul----------------------------------