Hardin County Fire Department rescues 11 from flash flood

MARCH 1 – Hardin County rescue personnel saved 11 people from rapidly rising flash flood waters before sunrise today.

They retrieved nine, including six children and three adults at one home and one person at another. One more person was trying to make it out of the flash flood area near the confluence of Indian Creek and Smith Fork Creek on foot, said Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

“They were lucky – if this had been like the flood in 2010, they and the structures they were living in would have been swept away,” he said.

At the location with nine people, Martin said the flood waters had risen about a foot into the home before the Swift Water Rescue Team arrived by boat.

Martin said the heavy rains over the last several days, including last night’s torrential downpour, caused the creeks to swiftly rise 2-3 feet.


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