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Iowa father speaks out as storm drain tragedy may have struck New Hampshire

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa father is speaking out on an issue close to his heart.

This comes after police in Massachusetts say they may have found the body of a missing New Hampshire teen who is believed to have been swept into a storm drain during heavy rainfall.

The 16-year-old was reported missing on Saturday morning, and the body matching the boy's description was found yesterday.

The body has not been officially identified.

A similar incident happened here in Iowa in 2014, when 17-year-old Logan Blake was pulled into a storm sewer by a rush of water as he played frisbee with friends.

His body was found the next day in the Cedar Lake, following an exhaustive search.

Logan Blake's father Mark Blake is trying to spread the word on storm drain safety in the area. Mark spends hours and hours working from his home, and working to spread awareness for an issue that is close to his heart.

"I would guess the water that was going through the day Logan disappeared was going probably 30 to 60 miles an hour," says Mark.

His son's incident sparked Mark to start Project Storm Drain safety to spread awareness.

Since Logan's death, a new storm grate system complete with signage warning people not to come near this area especially during flash flooding, now blocks the area where he was first swept away.

Now with New Hampshire Police believing a missing 16-year-old may have been swept into a storm drain, Mark is feeling their pain more than 1,000 miles away.

"There's a lot of unanswered questions for them and we feel deeply for the parents and the family," says Mark.

Mark plans to spread storm drain safety and awareness through presentations in hopes no other family has to go through what his has.

"There's going to be an accident if they're not protected right, says Mark. "Let's get people thinking about it ahead of time."

The City of Cedar Rapids has since put protection around three storm drains located near schools, and continues to evaluate others.

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