Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - A woman was rescued at the NSP dam in Chippewa Falls Thursday morning after jumping off the Highway 124 bridge.
Chief Matt Kelm said they received several calls from motorists shortly before 7:30 a.m. that a woman parked in the middle of the bridge, got out and jumped into the river.
When crews arrived, the woman was found floating in the river and holding onto a gate on the dam. Kelm said the woman was rescued with one of the fire department's boats.
Kelm said they contacted the Chippewa Falls Fire Department and Xcel Energy. Xcel then reduced water flow temporarily while the fire department brought boats in for the rescue.
She was taken in for a medical-mental evaluation.
Heidi Eliopoulos, the superintendent for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, issued an email to parents regarding the situation. It read:
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):
By now, you might have heard about the incident that occurred on the Highway 124 Bridge this morning. We have learned that there were elementary school buses on the bridge or in proximity to it. Buses 340, 299, and 350 were on or in proximity to the bridge this morning.
Student safety and emotional well-being is important to us. We have notified our staff of this incident in the event that there are students who need additional support. If your child shares with you that they have concerns or worries about this incident, please help them identify an adult with whom they feel comfortable speaking about their concerns. Please encourage them or help them to share their worries.
If your child was on one of the above listed buses or have heard about the incident, they might experience emotions ranging from sadness to confusion to fear. We will be aware of this and do all we can to help students feel safe.
Following this email there is a link to a parent resource giving ideas on how to support your child after an event such as this.
Please feel welcome to contact your child’s teacher, counselor, or principal for assistance in supporting your child.