An 11-year-old girl got a wild ride on a tube during a torrential downpour in Chariton last night. Chariton City Manager Nels Christian says the girl was riding the tube down a valley in her back yard and it went right toward a storm drain.
He says there was “tons of water” running and the girl went right down a storm drain, but was lucky to pop out the other end of the tube.
alternate cut. The girl, Elma Popkov, is estimated to have traveled around 100 feet down the sewer. The incident happened near the city pool and lifeguards were called to the area to help find her. She was found unharmed in a wooded area.
Chariton received 3.5 to 4.5 inches of rain in a few hours Wednesday afternoon.
Joe Milledge, KIIC, Albia