Motorist rescued from floodwaters in the Vallonia bottoms


Brownstown firefighters rescued a 52-year-old woman from her car after it became stranded in floodwaters Thursday morning in the Vallonia bottoms.

Angela M. Mangum of Columbus was able to stand on the doorjamb of her 2017 Nissan until firefighters used the department’s hovercraft to reach her, according to a news release from Lt. Adam Nicholson with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident started with Mangum’s 911 call to the sheriff’s department at 9:09 a.m.

She told dispatch her vehicle had became flooded on County Road 400W just south of U.S. 50, police said.

Mangum later said floodwaters had entered the car and was up to the seat.

County Officer Jesse Hutchinson was the first officer to arrive and told dispatchers the vehicle was approximately 200 yards into the floodwaters. He then requested assistance from the Brownstown Volunteer Fire Department and its hovercraft.

The fire department was able to make the rescue at 9:30 a.m.

Mangum was not injured, but a citation was issued for violation of temporary restrictions or closures of county roads.

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