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Anderson Co. Firefighters Warn People To Not Drive Through Flooded Waters

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 17:16:56-05

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– Rice Road in Anderson County is notorious for flooding and yet, Anderson County firefighters continue to receive calls for water rescues.

The Salt River was several feet higher than normal when a man in a truck tried to cross it on Rice Road Tuesday night around 7 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they say the water was up to the door handles of his truck. Thankfully, they rescued the man within an hour. Battalion Chief Marty Terry said that the rescue was not nearly as dramatic as the one that happened on December 15. He said that the rescue was much more difficult because the vehicle entered from the distillery side, not the 62 side where the vehicle usually slides and gets stuck.

Terry said that he wishes more people just wouldn’t take the risk.

“I think people don’t really have the respect for the water in general. I mean, not just here. There’s other crossings in Adair County, in various places. Just turn around, and don’t drowned. It’s kind of an easy formula. Four to five inches of water is all it takes to get you down the river,” said Terry.

Due to the frequency of these rescues, Terry said firefighters would like to see a gate put up or something done to help prevent people from driving in when the water is too high. So far, their requests for funds to make that happen have not been granted.