Water surge kills 25-year-old maintenance worker in sewer

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Federal investigators are looking into the death of a maintenance worker on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

25 year-old Gustavo Briceno, of Glendale Heights, was killed when a surge of water swept him away in a sewer during the heavy rainstorm on Wednesday night.

Briceno worked for Kenny Construction. He and another worker were inside the sewer at Rockwell and Wellington when flash floods hit the area around 8:30 p.m.

Authorities say Briceno removed his harness to reach a confined space and was carried away. The other worker was strapped into his harness and was pulled to safety. Briceno was wearing a wetsuit.

Briceno’s body was recovered about two hours later near Barry and Rockwell.

Kenny Construction issued a statement about Briceno’s death.

“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 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,” said Jacque Fourchy, the Corporate Spokesperson.

Federal officials are expected to complete their probe in about six months.

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