Several vehicles float in high water

Posted By | February 10, 2004 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Excessive rain overflows creeks and streams causing several roadways to be closed.
White County Road Department hit the streets early Friday morning
putting out signs to warn people about the dangers of high water across the road.
Before 7 a.m., on Feb. 6, 2004, several signs had been removed, and in one case led to a vehicle traveling into the water and created a few tense moments for its driver.
Harvey Martin was traveling on Blue Springs Road when he came to water over the roadway. Martin indicated he did not know the road was flooded because there were no signs. His vehicle was in the water, but he was able to escape his car, a 1997 Buick LeSabre, without injury. The water was up to his shoulders when he got out of the car. Martin then went to a residence on Blue Springs Road and called for assistance.
Another accident attributed to the high water took place at approximately 7:23 a.m., when a White County Sheriff deputy responded to a call on Old Smithville Highway where Tammy Regland advised officers she thought “she had just hit a large pool of water until the water started coming inside the car and the car began to float off the road.” Regland said she did not see the high water sign.
A washed out bridge on Purvin Lollar Road caused Barbara Nash to drive her vehicle into a hole after she maneuvered her car around the road barricade according to the report filed with White County Sheriff Department. There was no apparent damage to the vehicle.
According to emergency personnel, “We are very fortunate that no one had to be transported for medical treatment.”
“High water can be a very dangerous situation and needs to be taken seriously by drivers.”

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