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Jake Donaldson, 12, was found in Piney Branch Creek behind his house duirng Thursday night's flash flood storms.
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Jake Donaldson, 12, was found in Piney Branch Creek behind his house duirng Thursday night's flash flood storms.

 

Residents in Vienna are coming to grips with the death of 12-year-old Jack Donaldson who died in last night's flooding.

Police, firefighters and neighbors first began searching for Jack when his parents reported him missing during the heavy rains at about 6 p.m. Thursday. His body was discovered downstream where Piney Branch Creek meets Lawyers Road a few hours later.

Frank Levesque, president of the local neighborhood association says he's seen tragedies like this one before, but not here.

"I grew up in Maine, and have seen similar things happen, but you never get used to it, they're all tragic and you have handle them in a sensitive manner," he says. "That's what we're trying to do right now."

There's a lot of water running through the creek behind the Donaldson house today, but residents in the Lawyers Court neighborhood say the water was 2 to 3 feet higher last night.

Police say Jack was playing near the creek with friends when he disappeared. They say he was not a strong swimmer.

Jack Donaldson was incorrectly identified in an earlier version of this story. 

 

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