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    Friday, October 4 2013 3:43 PM EDT2013-10-04 19:43:45 GMT
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EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Three teens possibly swept away in drainage ditch in Memphis are still missing this morning. They were last seen yesterday playing around the water. The search is expected to resume this morning.
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Memphis Police, Fire and rescue personnel are investigating reports of at least three teenagers who were last seen wading through waist-deep water in a drainage ditch and were possibly swept away by water off Summer, Hilldale and Charleswood avenues near the Shelby Farms Greenline.

The call went out at around 7 p.m.

Police said one male teen was wearing a red shirt and a witness reported seeing the teenagers hanging on to tree branches near the waters before being swept away.

Rescue boats and dive teams are assisting in the search.

A witness who lives near the creek told police he saw about four young male teens in the water, a police spokeswoman said. At first they were walking and the next thing he knew water was up to their waists.

Firefighters are doing a sweep of the ditch.

Fire spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke said they have not found anyone yet and they are unsure if the teens exited the water. His crews are searching from Hilldale to the Wolf River.

"With the strong winds, and the storms occurring, the current is swift at this time," Lt. Cooke said. "But we are continuing our efforts until we're able to either locate or the Shelby County sheriff can confirm those children have left the stream."

Police investigators are asking parents to call 901-545-2677 if they are unable to locate their child or children. Parents should also ask their child if they were in a storm drain around 6:45 p.m. so that investigators can better determine how to continue in the search. Parents should especially question their children who have soaked clothing; and please call the non-emergency number at 901-545-2677.

Shelby County was under a flash flood warning until 9:45 p.m. after a storm dumped between 1-3 inches of rain across the region late Thursday afternoon.

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FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.

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