Turkey Creek rescue spanning several hours ends the best possible way


A long night of flooding leads to a water rescue that stretches over seven hours and two miles of creek. It started around 11:00 Monday night with low water bridge flooding and led to a dramatic rescue Tuesday morning. Three vehicles were swept off the bridge just south of Zora and Schifferdecker.

First responders were able to rescue two of the victims in less than an hour. But Olivia Rogers, 18, was swept into the current leading to an overnight search. Mason Corl was one of those two victims in the early rescue. He recalled a terrible feeling of being saved while his co-worker Olivia was missing.

“I would have rather it been Olivia cause she was a lot more scared than I was and I wanted her to be safe. Which I’m really glad she is, but at the time I didn’t know. I was just really scary not knowing what was up with her,” says Mason Corl, flooding victim. 

A resident living near Turkey Creek spotted Olivia on a gravel island after hearing her cries around 6:30 Tuesday morning. Kevin Pederson called 911, leading to a quick response and rescue. Both Mason and Olivia work at KSN/KODEand had just gotten off shift and were heading home when it all started. Both went to the hospital for medical treatment and have been released.

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