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Motorists get stranded due to high water

Monday, January 14, 2013

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Center Point Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Roy Smith
CLAY COUNTY -- Local emergency responders had to help two stranded motorists due to high water Monday morning.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill, firefighting crews and others were sent to the two incidents.

Gambill told The Brazil Times both were in the area of County Road 200 East (Harmony Road), approximately two miles south of State Road 46.

Center Point Volunteer Fire Department officials were dispatched to both incidents.

Firefighter Roy Smith told The Brazil Times the first situation took place before 6 a.m., Monday morning.

Smith said a man ended up in the water and the current was strong enough to pull his vehicle down stream about 150 yards through a farmer's field.

According to Smith, the man got out of his vehicle and called his wife, who called 911.

Center Point had to call rescue teams from Vigo County and Owen County to help get the man out of the field.

Smith said the man was transported to a local hospital via TransCare.

The department was later dispatched to another stranded vehicle close to location and also on County Road 200 East.

According to Smith, the other driver got stranded on the south end of the road, but the driver was able to wade out of the water and someone came to the scene to pick the driver up.

Smith said the department sent a truck to the scene, but the person was already gone. However, the vehicle the person was driving was still in the water.

Smith said later Monday afternoon, he drove by the area and while the water had receded approximately 12 inches, it was still high.

"The road is still water covered," he said.

According to information provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), rising waters caused the closure of state roads in the Crawfordsville District. Clay County is in the Crawfordsville District.

INDOT officials announced Monday afternoon State Road 246, two miles east of the Eel River near Clay City, was closed due to high water.

In addition, State Road 42 between Eminence and Little Point in Morgan County was also closed.

INDOT officials stated the closures would remain in effect until the water recedes.

For more information regarding road conditions, log on to www.trafficwise.in.gov.


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Some people will never learn. Good thing there are people out there willing to risk their personal safety to try to save these fools who drive through the flood water.

-- Posted by MS660 on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 7:45 PM

This is why the bridge on sr 46 over Eel River is so important to the people here. All of our by pass road are flooded. But yet the state lets the semis and log truck use it. The 19 tons limit is nothing but a joke, the state could be making big time money by inforcing it. But too much work taking out the portable scales to weight the trucks. New Gov. Pence inforce the weight limit.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 10:22 PM

There's so much force exerted by flowing water on the flat surfaces of the wheels, frame and body of the car that you can swept off the road before you would ever believe it.

-- Posted by brazilian on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 11:32 AM

Curious as to whether the county had put out any "high water" signs on this road.

-- Posted by indianamama on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 3:29 PM

As a matter of fact, there are permanent "HIGH WATER" signs up. But I hope you aren't implying that you (or anyone else) can just drive into high water because no sign warned you not to be stupid.

-- Posted by smithrazc on Tue, Jan 15, 2013, at 11:52 PM


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