2 rescued from floodwater

Two people were rescued early Tuesday after they became stranded in floodwater north of Seymour.

Two others were able to walk out of the same floodwater on County Road 700E, north of County Road 800N, police said.

The floodwater was from the East Fork White River, which was expected to crest at nearly 17.8 feet Tuesday afternoon and remain near that level until early today. Flood stage is 12 feet, and the river is not expected to fall below that mark until Saturday afternoon.

At the time of the rescue, the river was at 17.42 feet. At 17.5 feet, extensive agricultural flooding is in progress in Jackson County, and many state and county roads in low-lying areas are closed, according to the National Weather Service.

Conservation Officer Nate Berry used an air boat to rescue the stranded people after the vehicle in which they were riding bogged down in floodwaters.

The driver, who will receive a ticket, walked out of the floodwaters toward Seymour and later was found safe, said Lt. Darin Downs with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. He did not have the name of the motorist or his two male passengers.

The two passengers were found sitting in the car — one in the front passenger seat and the other in the rear passenger seat. Both were wet from pushing the car out of the floodwater, Downs said.

A man driving a second vehicle also became stranded in floodwater near the same location and also was able to walk out. He was picked up by someone before police arrived but later came back and received a ticket, Downs said.

Both motorists were driving south on County Road 700E when their vehicles became stranded.

On Monday night, another motorist became stranded in the same area, but she was able to get out safely.

“She called last night (Monday) and said the car would be removed when the water went down,” Downs said.

County Officer Mark Holt investigated the incidents and was assisted by Berry, Downs and county officers Bob Cummings and Jesse Hutchinson.