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FEDERAL WAY, WA – Utility workers near Seattle, Washington made a shocking discovery – two children are living inside the sewer system.
According to KIRO, meter readers with a utility company noticed an open manhole in the middle of a Federal Way street on Friday afternoon. A worker closed the manhole, but when he came back later in the day, he noticed it was open again.
The worker contacted the Lakehaven Sewer District, and they sent a crew to the scene to investigate. When workers looked inside the sewer, they found clothes, toys, food, and other belongings.
The workers found two boys, ages 12 and 13, nearby, and one of them said they were living in the sewer.
“This should not happen at all. This is where all our waster goes from our houses and our businesses,” Ken Miller, an engineering manager with Lakehaven Utility District, told KIRO.
The boys fled the area after Miller spoke with the boys about the dangers of living in the sewer, and now the city is working to track them down to get them help.
Crews removed all of the boys’ items from the sewer and cleaned them, and they’re keeping hold of their belongings until they’re found.