Odin Firemen with a boat from the Centralia City Fire Department work to make their way to three men stranded in a car that ran into the floodwaters of Crooked Creek Saturday night. Photo by Mitchell Schultheis.
Three people were removed from a car that plunged into high water early Saturday night on Westline Road in the Crooked Creek Bottoms south of Odin.
Odin Fire Chief Greg Smith says the driver apparently didn't see the water on the road until it was too late after coming over the bridge.
The driver, Chris Wessling of Taylorville, and passengers Devin Stokes and Kyle Moore of Sandoval, all climbed out of the car onto the window sills and eventually onto the roof as the water level rose.
Odin Firemen borrowed a boat from the Centralia City Fire Department and were able to get the boat near the car where the two passengers were brought back to dry land. Wessling ended up walking through the knee deep water to the dry pavement. All three refused medical treatment from EMT's on the scene.
The car was towed out of the water.
Water levels are over the roads in the Crooked Creek Bottoms and on Brickhill Road below the Raccoon Lake dam following heavy rains on Friday.
The Centralia Water Plant recorded 2.36 inches of rain from the storm, with one gate open 4 and a half feet on Saturday to get rid of excess water as the lake level rose to two inches below the spillway by Saturday morning. The Salem Water Plant recorded 2.27 inches of rain. The Alma Weather Station recorded 2.19 inches of rain.
Waiting to Get Rescued. Three occupants of a car that plunged into Crooked Creek flood waters on Westline Road Saturday night wait for help to reach them. Photo by Mitchell Schultheis.