The recent rescues of motorists whose vehicles became stranded in floodwaters along the East Fork White River and elsewhere in Jackson County highlight the dangers posed to first responders.
Sadly, water rescues are needed just about every time the river floods. In most cases, the incidents could have been prevented by simply steering clear of floodwaters. The National Weather Service urges motorists to turn around, don’t drown. Good advice that we should all follow.
With routine flooding of low areas all along the East Fork White River and Muscatatuck River, most motorists are aware of when and where floodwaters will seep — and sometimes rush — across county roads. Most flood-prone areas don’t come as a surprise, although of course flash flooding such as what occurred earlier this month can pop up just about anywhere.
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