Floodwaters strand 2 motorists

Sheriff Michael Carothers wasn't just preparing for water rescues Thursday afternoon as heavy rain continued falling on already saturated soil.

He and other first responders were helping two motorists stranded in surface flood water along county roads 950E and 1040E south of Seymour, Carothers said.

No one was injured in either incident.

Carothers is concerned the problem could persist throughout the weekend unless motorists heed warnings to steer clear of floodwaters. The East Fork White River is expected to crest at 17.1 feet Friday afternoon and remain at or near 17 feet through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

A river level of 17.1 feet will likely cause floodwaters across State Road 258 between Seymour and Cortland.

Surface water was already over State Road 258 west of Cortland in the areas of Base Road and County Road 100E. State Road 235 was closed between Medora and Vallonia.

A number of county roads were under water as well Thursday afternoon, the sheriff's department said.

They include:

50N from 950E to U.S. 31.

400S from 800E to Retreat.

600S from 200W to State Road 135.

600S from 700E to Berger Hill.

650S from 50W and 100E.

700S from 325E and State Road 39.

800E from 600S to 400S.

925W to Sparksville Pike.

1000N from 600E and 700E.

1040E from 340N to Frontage Road.

1200E from 700N to 800N.

1200E north of Enos Road.

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