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Rescuers End Drainage Search, Believe Teens Safe

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EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Memphis Police said Friday that the search for at three male teens who were thought to be wept away in a flooded drainage ditch during Thursday's heavy rainstorm has ended after a witness said they saw three males running from the ditch.

A Memphis Police spokeswoman said there were no  missing persons reports filed Thursday and no one was located. They believe the teens are safe somewhere.

Memphis Police, Fire and rescue teams were dispatched at around 7 p.m. to Summer, Hilldale and Charleswood avenues near the Shelby Farms Greenline after witnesses saw at least teens wading through waist-deep water in the drainage ditch.

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Search crews scoured the flooded ditch until around 1 a.m. and continued their search at daybreak before calling off the search.

As crews continued to search for the teens Thursday and Friday morning, police sent out an alert asking parents to call 901-545-2677 if they weren't able to find their children during the severe rainstorm.

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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