UPDATE: Crews still working to remove car from the Chippewa River

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- (WEAU) UPDATE: Crews have been unable to remove the car from the bottom of the river and operations have been suspended for now.

According to the Eau Claire Fire Department, crews worked on Saturday to get the car out but the high water created challenges.

Crews will continue to work on removing the car from the water when the conditions allow.


Rescue crews were at the Chippewa River near the Water Street bridge in Downtown Eau Claire as they were working to recover a vehicle that went into the bottom of the river.

Eau Claire Firefighters say they received a call shortly after 3 a.m. that a car had gone into the river.

Eau Claire Police Department Public Information Officer Bridget Coit says, "The initial investigation is showing the vehicle was believed to be occupied at the time it entered the river. We are still working on locating that individual".

The Eau Claire Police Department is asking for all residents to avoid that area so crews can work on recovering the vehicle.


UPDATE: Crews are currently suspending recovery operations, due to the high winds along the river and the rising water levels.


Rescue crews have found a car in the Chippewa River.

Eau Claire firefighters say the report of a car in the water came in shortly after 3 a.m. Friday morning. Crews searched the river for about an hour, before finding it at the bottom of the river near the Water St. Bridge. It's still unclear where the car went into the river, or if anyone is inside the car.

Right now, crews are working with a tow truck to try and remove it from the water.

Stay with WEAU as we continue to monitor this developing story.