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KOLR10 Exclusive: Video of Double Water Rescue In Underground SGF Tunnel

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Amid downed power lines, and storm caused damages the scene of two people stranded by the flooding tunnels in Jordan Valley proved to be the most dangerous Tuesday morning.

"We were able to hear the people in the tunnel,” Battalion Chief Julie Williams says.

She adds, crews were already nearby when the call came in.

"They sent the boat in on a rope and they made contact with them and were able to bring them out,” she says.

"Why the city was developed here was because of all the fresh water,” says John Sellars, Executive Director of the History Museum on the Square.

He says harnessing floods was sort of what those tunnels were originally designed to do when they were constructed back in the 20s.

"There were some disastrous floods in the turn of the 20th century. So they had a plan of actually encapsulating a flowing body of water. Encapsulating the creek and building on top of it,” he explains. "It starts about Sherman Street, runs through and comes out about Main Street."

Ever wondered why its called water street? That's because the tunnels that go beneath Springfield, that harness the Jordan Creek, are right here beneath the road.

"There are a lot of people who live in those tunnels. Especially youth," says Randy McCoy with the Kitchen Inc.

He says, today, the tunnels serve as a secluded sanctuary for the city's homeless.

"But for a number of people on any given night that's the best place for them to sleep," McCoy adds.

Though as we saw Tuesday morning, their shelter is no match for the storm.

"There are bad things that occur in those tunnels," he confirms.

And now, what was built to protect the people of Springfield is a threat to one of it's at risk communities.


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