Heavy rains and flooded roads hit the county over the weekend, and tragedy was averted on Sunday night when county emergency workers and law enforcement came to the rescue of a stranded van.
Switzerland County Sheriff Brian Morton said that on Sunday night, June 9th, at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a van in the water on Nell Lee Road. The van had been attempting to cross a ford on the road when it became stuck due to high water. At the time the van was occupied by 12 individuals.
Members of the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department, the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department and the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the call. Deputies with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office also responded along with Switzerland County Emergency Response.
Occupants of the vehicle were all safely removed and no injuries were reported.
Sheriff Morton said that the Switzerland County Highway Department was notified and closed the road due to the van being stuck in the water and the road being impassable.
The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office would like everyone to take this incident as a reminder to never drive into flooded areas. The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.