- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—PETERBOROUGH — A Peterborough man is OK this morning after he got stuck between two culverts near his home Monday night while trying to remove a large branch.

Gordon P. Wiedenkeller, 50, of Old Street, said he’s sore and has scuffed up knees and arms, but that he’s thankful his neighbors came to his rescue when they did.

Wiedenkeller said he was attempting to push the tree limb out of the way with a piece of wood, but that his foot slipped and “boom.” He was stuck.

“My right side was in one culvert and my left side in the other and I was frantically holding myself up.”

Wiedenkeller said he was standing fully upright, but that the water was rushing by him at chest level.

Strong storms had dumped several inches of rain in Peterborough that afternoon, causing brief periods of flooding in the areas of Concord Street and the intersection of routes 101 and 202, according to the town’s Fire Chief Edmund M. Walker.

Wiedenkeller said the area near his home has flooded several times and that Monday was no different.

His wife and a neighbor came to his assistance, the latter after hearing Wiedenkeller’s dog barking.

Peterborough police and fire responded to a 911 call at Wiedenkeller’s residence shortly before 9 p.m., but by the time emergency personnel arrived Wiedenkeller was on safe ground. He was taken by a private vehicle to Monadnock Community Hospital as a precaution, officials said.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1435, or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ADandreaKS.


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