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Flash flooding covers roads, strands drivers
Updated on: 04.03.14

Brown County's flood warning has been extended to 9 p.m. Thursday as water continues to rise around the county -- taking some vehicles with it. 

Thursday at about 2:30 p.m., a sport-utility vehicle was swept off the "first slab" on State Road 135 South, just south of State Road 46. The driver escaped to the roof of his Jeep and made it to dry pavement shortly after the call for help came in.

The vehicle was swept sideways off the road, coming to rest with two wheels trapped in the creek. Brown County Tire owner Ray Guffey used a large flatbed tow truck to pull the Jeep free of the jam.

Wednesday at about 8 p.m., a woman and two children were rescued from Grandview Road just south of Bellsville Pike after the Ford Explorer they were in became stalled in high water. Melissa Shaffer, 52, of New Haven, was traveling with her 12-year-old son and his 11-year-old friend. 

Indiana Conservation Officers reported the two boys were able to climb to the top of the vehicle through the sunroof, but the driver was not. The water had reached the vehicle's headlights when emergency responders arrived. 

Conservation Officer Joe Tenbarge used a safety rope and waded out to the vehicle, carrying the two boys to safety and helping the driver to dry land. 

In the time it took to get the victims to safety, the water had risen to cover the hood of the Explorer, the officer's report said. 

By mid-afternoon Thursday, officers or readers had reported a variety of roads to be flooded or partially flooded: T.C. Steele Road, Lower Schooner Road near State Road 46, Kelp Grove/Green Valley roads, parts of Clay Lick Road, State Road 135 South and the Horseman's Camp in Brown County State Park. 

Conservation officers remind drivers that flash flood waters can rise very rapidly, and a road that was passable a short time ago may not be passable again. If you cannot see the road through the water, do not attempt to drive through it, they said.

The second of the four slabs on State Road 135 South in Camp Roberts had been flooded for nearly a week before the latest rain clouds gathered. "High water" signs had been posted, but some residents in the area have no other way in or out but to drive through.

Staff photo by Ben Skirvin

A Jeep drove off this first creek crossing on State Road 135 South just south of State Road 46 Thursday afternoon.

VIDEO: See how bad the flooding was Thursday night along State Road 46 East from the Brown County State Park north gate to just past Salt Creek Golf Course: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202705903881815&set=vb.1625516698&type=2&theater

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John Jacob 'Jack' Gambold, Jr., 91
  Stepfather of Carol Skirvin of Nashville

Jolee Ragan Dufek, 6, Nashville
  Daughter of Jason and Krystal Dufek

Karolina Rose Spurgeon, 3 days old, Edinburgh
  Sister of Keirsten Dawn Spurgeon of Brown County

  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West