A father dug his 12-year-old child out of the debris of a collapsed basement before dawn Sunday after flash flooding hit several communities in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.
Houghton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the family’s home on Canal Road at 4:56 a.m., according to a report from WLUC.
The father performed CPR on the child, who had a pulse, and rescue workers were able to use a neighbor’s boat to ferry the child to a waiting ambulance, the station said. Flooded roads and wash-outs made vehicle travel impossible.
The injured child was taken to U.P. Health System – Portage, then airlifted to another hospital for further treatment, WLUC reported.
Flash flooding has devastated parts of Houghton, Hancock and nearby areas. Up to 7 inches of rain fell on some areas overnight, the National Weather Service reported. There were also reports of 60 sinkholes and wash-outs on area roads.
More rain fell on the area early this evening.
Officials from local governments, law enforcement and the state have been evaluating the situation together today via the State Emergency Operations Center.