By: Joe Hellriegel
"The flooding in Madison County, we're dealing with it, dealing more than we have."
On Monday evening around 7:30, a driver came to a flooded road that didn't have a "road closed" sign, and tried to cross it. The car was submerged in the washed out road, that required a quick rescue, but before officials could get there, another driver tried to help and got stuck.
"Upon arriving, it was verified that we had two vehicles that were occupied, and once on the scene we were able to clear one of the vehicles," said Madison County Dive Team Rescue Leader Alan Whigham.
The driver of the first car was handicapped and could not get out of the vehicle on her own.
"As a rescue swimmer, I had to make my way to the other side of the water area in attempt to retrieve her out of her vehicle, and once I was over on the side I was able to do so, and provide medical assistance to her," said Whigham.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office is advising that if anybody sees a road that is flooded and doesn't have "road closed" signs, use extreme precaution, or don't cross the road at all.
"If anybody has any issues with a road, or sees water over a road that there is no barricades, please let us know," said Madison County Sheriff Benjamin Stewart. "In the meantime if you encounter any water on the roads, please use caution and if your not 100% sure that it is very shallow, then you need to stay away from it."
Both drivers were rescued with no injuries.
News Release: Madison County Sheriff's Office
April 22, 2014 - 10am
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Monday April 21st, 2014 at 7:39 pm Madison County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call from a female motorist who was panicked and reporting that her vehicle was submerged in water on Ashville Road located in the North West portion of Madison County. The victim further reported that she was disabled and could not get out of her vehicle. All deputies responded CODE as well as Madison County EMS, Madison Fire Rescue, Hamburg-Lovett Volunteer Fire Department, Madison County Road Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival deputies found that two vehicles were submerged. The driver of the second vehicle had attempted to assist the original victim when his vehicle became submerged as well. Members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team Rescue Swimmer were able to rescue the disabled victim from her vehicle by utilizing a small Jon Boat. All subjects involved were evaluated by EMS at the scene by EMS. Halls Towing and Recovery along with the Hamburg-Lovett VFD and MCSO Rescue Swimmers were able to recover both vehicles from the flowing water. There were barricades in place on the Madison County side.
Sheriff Stewart cautions motorist not to attempt to drive through standing or moving water and reminds citizens of the dangers. Even though the water may appear to be only inches deep often the dangers of washouts will not be visible as was this case. In the event citizens need assistance because of standing or flowing water PLEASE call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office prior to any attempts to cross.
List of known roads currently effected by flood water. If citizens are aware of any other roads not listed please call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 973-4001 or 973-4002 so the list can be updated.
- County Camp & Askew
- Ellaville Central
- Ashville Road
- Hooten Hollow
- Oak Hill Rd
- Mt. Horeb from Raintree to Rue Drive
- Boundry Bend
- Mays Island
- River Park Rd