BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy was drowned when floodwaters from thunderstorms pulled him into a storm drain and swept him through more than a quarter-mile of pipe, authorities say.
Police said Mark Fornek and two other boys, ages 5 and 8, were playing in a partially flooded Bolingbrook backyard Tuesday evening when Mark was sucked into the storm sewer and his body carried to a retention pond.
After the water carried Fornek away, his two friends ran to tell his parents and other neighbors, who then called for help, said Bolingbrook fire Battalion Chief Tom Novy, who helped find the child.
Fornek, of Bolingbrook, had been underwater for more than 25 minutes when he was removed and taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he was pronounced dead.
The incident is being investigated by Bolingbrook Police and the DuPage County Coroner's office.
Anywhere from one-half an inch to a six inches of rain fell on the Chicago area from Monday night through Tuesday evening, a weather official said.