Search continues for missing 5-year-old child caught in California floods

Rescuers resumed the search Tuesday for a 5-year-old boy who was swept away by rapidly rising waters in Central California the day before. Officials in San Luis Obispo County said they hope a delay in the ongoing storms will allow them to find the child before the next streak of rain.

Authorities identified the missing boy as Kyle Doan, describing him as four feet tall and 52 pounds, with short dirty blond hair and hazel eyes. He was swept away by a car Monday morning when his mother crossed a raging creek near the town of San Miguel, the county sheriff’s office said.

His mother was rescued by nearby residents, but the boy disappeared with the fast-flowing waters down a creek that flows into the Salinas River, officials said.

Rescuers were forced to call off their search on Monday afternoon, about five hours after the boy was swept away, because weather conditions made it too dangerous. They resumed Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m

Rescue teams included divers and detectives, drones and helicopters searching a wide area for the child, said Tony Cipolla, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Water was still raging down the creek where he disappeared, making it difficult to gauge how far downstream the boy might have been, he said. The creek had been dry for years before the recent storms.

The boy was wearing a black puffer jacket, blue jeans and blue and gray Nike tennis shoes when he was swept away, officials said.

Central California was among the hardest hit by Monday’s storms, with rolling hills along highways and flooded rivers and streams. Another driver drowned in the county on Monday. Forecasters said rain will continue in the San Luis Obispo area Tuesday afternoon, with winds gusting to 45 mph.

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