Drivers rescued from high flood waters

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Rain flooded and spilled over some roads across Central Indiana Thursday. With more rain expected Thursday night into Friday morning, officials say roads could get worse.

Wednesday evening and Thursday, emergency personnel rescued several people from cars stranded in high waters.

In Brown County, DNR officials say a 52-year-old woman was driving through high water on Grandview Road when her Explorer stalled. Her 12-year-old son and his friend were able to climb out onto the top of the car, but the mother wasn’t able to.

Officials say by the time they got all three to safety, the water had risen over the hood of the car about 8 to 10 inches.

Thursday afternoon, Brown County rescuers helped get another driver out of his car that had gotten stuck on rocks near the water-covered road.

24-Hour News 8 found some people heeding the warnings and not crossing certain roadways. Kristin and her family weren’t even able to get to their Brown County home because water had risen so high.

“We live up this area right here and we cannot go up through our bridge,” she said. “If the golf course hasn’t flooded, we’ll just end up parking at the golf course and try to walk through the golf course if it’s not raining too hard.”

Officials recommend if you can’t see the roadway beneath the water, don’t drive across it.

“If you cannot see the line all the way through the water, don’t attempt to cross it, because you don’t know how deep it is, nor can you see the edges of the roadway where that road might drop off into the ditches,” said Angela Goldman, Indiana DNR Conservation Officer. “Anywhere over 3-4 inches is too deep.”

“These small cars today are lightweight and it doesn’t take a whole lot of water to push it sideways, and push you off the roadway.”

blog comments powered by Disqus