A Glendale Heights man and maintenance worker was killed on Chicago’s Northwest Side last week when a surge of water caused by Wednesday’s flash flooding swept him away in a sewer, WGNTV reports.
According to the station, authorities say that it was around 8:30 p.m. when Gustavo Briceno Jr., 25, an employee of Kenny Construction, unclipped his harness in order to reach a confined space in a sewer at the corner of Rockwell Street and Wellington Avenue and was carried away by the floodwaters; his body was found two hours later two blocks to the north.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our co-workers last night. Gustavo Briceno Jr. was a valued member of our team," the Daily Herald quoted a Kenny Construction statement saying.
"The cause of the incident is not known at this time. Kenny Construction places the highest value on safety. We are working cooperatively with authorities on the investigation. Our focus right now is on supporting Gus' family, his friends and all of our employees who have been affected."
Briceno had worked for the company since 2006, joining at the age of 18, the paper said.