8-year-old boy tells of ride through storm sewer culvert in Duluth

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Associated Press

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 22 at 3:01 PM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who was sucked into a culvert during record-setting rain in Duluth, Minn., says his six-block ride through the storm sewer felt like 100 miles.

Kenny Markiewicz (MAR'-keh-witz) was splashing in the water with his 10-year-old cousin Wednesday when the sewer's powerful current sucked him into the culvert. His mother, Amber Markiewicz, says she heard Kenny's cousin scream, ran to investigate and felt the draw of rushing water into the two and a-half-foot opening.

The boy was pushed through the culvert system underground for a third of a mile before he was spit out in a wooded area near a mobile home park. Kenny's mother tells the Duluth News Tribune that when she was reunited with her son, he told her he just plugged his nose, took a breath and prayed.

Kenny said of the experience: "I hate that ride."

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APPHOTO MNDUH101: Kenny Markiewicz, 8, with his mother, Amber Markiewicz shows some of the bruises he suffered Wednesday,when he was swept through six blocks of storm sewer in Duluth, Minn.,Thursday, June 21, 2012. Duluth officials say it's still not safe for evacuated residents to return to their homes in the low-lying Fond du Lac area. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Steve Kuchera) (21 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO MNDUH102: Water flows through the mouth of the culvert that Kenny Markiewicz was swept into Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Duluth, Minn. Duluth officials say it's still not safe for evacuated residents to return to their homes in the low-lying Fond du Lac area. (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Steve Kuchera) (21 Jun 2012)

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