A man sleeping on a picnic table at Kutzky Park was rescued by Rochester firefighters Saturday morning after rising waters from Cascade Creek threatened to trap the man.
Rochester police were alerted to the situation at 6:52 a.m. Saturday by a call from a concerned citizen, who saw a person snoozing on the picnic table at the park. Police officials on the scene decided to ask Rochester Fire Department to assist with the rescue after they saw how rapidly the waters were rising from the creek.
Four firefighters wearing "Mustang suits" waded in the water and reached the man on the picnic table, which was then nearly covered by the flood waters. The man was equipped with a personal flotation device and helmet and helped to shore.
The man was evaluated by Mayo Clinic Ambulance staff and transported to the hospital.
The rescue was one of several incidents to which Rochester firefighters were dispatched in response to rising flood waters triggered by Friday night's downpour.
One call sent Rochester firefighters to assist Olmsted County Sheriff's Office with the rescue of a family possibly trapped in a home by flood waters. The incident happened in the Salem Corners Township area south of Byron last night. But officials found that the waters were receding and no one in the home was in danger.
Officials urged people to stay away from rivers and creeks while the high waters persist.