On June 26, a hot afternoon, I was putting garage sale signs out for the next day.
What I didn’t know at that time was at Nokomis and Stainback Roads is about a 13-14 ft. culvert.
It is so grown up with weeds that it looks to be maybe 2-3 ft deep.
As I was sticking the sign into the ground, my footing gave way and the next thing I knew I was 9-10 ft. down in the culvert standing on a ledge.
There was no way to get out and I was in and surrounded by briers and poison ivy.
I was stunned at what had just had happened to me, that was for sure!
Out of nowhere, God sent me two 14-year-old boys, Mark Arnett and his friend, Dean, who lives next door to him.
They peered down at me and said, "Lady, are you ok?"
I told them I was, but there was NO WAY I could get out of there.
Mark said he wanted to try to pull me out.
I was amazed at this young man’s courage.
So he tried, but he started to fall in, so I let go.
Mark was determined to get me out of the culvert, so he repositioned himself and said he wanted to try it again.
Slowly I started climbing up and got Dean to take my other hand.
Together, those boys pulled me up level to the road where I could crawl out the rest of the way!
I find joy that we, in our society, still are bringing up youth who will care enough to help a stranger in need.
Mark Arnett and Dean are to be commended on what they did.
I personally have gone over and talked to Mark’s parents, but have not caught Dean’s parents yet.
I am so proud of them.
Now, as for the City of Red Oak, on Monday, June 30, I called and talked to the lady who handles the roads and maintenance around the roads.
She knew the corner that I was talking about, but had NO IDEA that there was that deep of a culvert, or even how big the pipe was.
She assured me that she would get a crew out to at least get the weeds cut way back and possibly take other measures if there was such a deep "hole" there.
Guess what—NOTHING has been done.
The weeds have grown up even more.
That corner (Nokomis & Stainback Rds) is a very dangerous corner and needs railing put up around it so that cars turning too sharply or people (like me) won’t fall into the deep culvert.