Oklahoma Man Chases $20 Down Storm Drain, Gets Stuck For Two Days

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Oklahoma man who dropped $20 in a storm drain got stuck in the sewer for two days when he crawled inside to retrieve it.

A group of kids walking home from school heard a strange noise coming from a manhole cover and called 911.

"We could hear a man yelling for help," Lawton Police Sergeant John Chelenza told KWSO.

"That's the first time in going on 28 years that we have found somebody down in a storm drain," he added.

The unidentified man was 12 to 15 feet below street level in a dark wet sewer.

"I was amazed. I was confused how he had gotten down there and amazed that he was still okay," said officer in training Alicia Redding.

A ladder was used to get him out. He was not in “great” condition, KWSO reported.

"He did not remember what day it was. He wasn't sure how long he had been down there. He was pretty dehydrated and not really sure the time the date," said Redding.

"He had a bump on his head, he may have hit his head against a wall down there because it obviously pretty dark unless he is next to a storm drain where light could get into," Chelenza said.

It is unclear how the man got from the street drain to the water system, but authorities believe he was disoriented in the dark.

The man never recovered the $20 bill he was searching for.

Sources: Fox 4 KC, KWSO