Firefighters rescue man in tree after flood

(WISH Photo, file)

CASS CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A Cass County man had to be rescued from a tree in front of his house because of swiftly rising waters Friday evening.

It all happened just south of Georgetown, right at the Cass-Carroll County line, about 10 miles west of Logansport.

Firefighters said neighbors heard the man yelling after he climbed a tree because of quickly rising waters of the Wabash River. The waters quickly rose after ice jam near Georgetown broke about 5:30 p.m., which was itself broken by the ice jam breaking in Logansport upstream about an hour earlier.

Firefighters had to walk a boat out across the water to the man to rescue him.

Georgetown firefighter John Flaherty said firefighters had to fight ice the entire way.

“There was really no easy way. It was about to shoulder deep. There was really no way to walk through the water. It was just a fight for every inch it took to get to him,” said Flaherty.

Firefighters said the man was in good spirits and is believed to be okay.

Cass County EMA Director Alvin Beckman said all ice jams have broken in Cass County, however an ice jam continues to block the Wabash in Carroll County between the Carrollton bridge up to Lockport. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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