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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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William Emmett Fisher, 73, Elizabethtown
  Father of William “Mark” (Marissa) Fisher of Nashville

Margaret (Stanley) Whitaker, 80, Morgantown
  Wife of Rawlins Whitaker of Morgantown

Ival 'Max' Skinner, 85, White Springs, Florida,
  Brown County native

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