Driver cited after driving through floodwaters in Jackson County

DUDLEYTOWN – A driver of a commercial vehicle was cited after he drove through floodwaters on State Highway 250 near County Road 1250 east early Tuesday morning.

Photo: Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

The truck driver drove around barricades ignoring the high water signs placed on both sides of the flooded waters.

“This will make our fourth water rescue in the past two days, at this time no one has been injured in any of these incidents,” said Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer. “His truck went off the roadway and he was lucky he did not flip all the way over,”

Even after this incident motorists were trying to drive around barricades as responders worked at the scene incident.

In 2019, the Jackson County Council looked into several options of addressing the issue of residents by-passing barricades and warning signs placed on both state and county roadways.

One of those options was to draft a new ordinance requiring a $1,000 fine for those who require rescue. That recommendation did not pass.

However, this driver will face a $500 fine, according to Sheriff Meyer.

The Brownstown Volunteer Fire Department brought their boat to rescue the driver. The fire department was assisted by Indiana Conservation Officers at this morning’s incident.

“This puts motorists as well as rescuers at risk when these types of incidents can be avoided,” said Sheriff Meyer.

Responding agencies of this incident were Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, Brownstown Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana Conservation officers, and Indiana Department of Transportation.