State and local officials are now looking for solutions to flooding concerns along State Road 257 near the Pike and Daviess County lines.
Police and local leaders from Pike and Daviess Counties recently met with Indiana Department of Transportation officials to discuss solutions. State representative Mark Messmer and state senator Lindel Hume were also at this meeting.
Numbers show that there have been at least 4 drownings at the site due to people driving around barricades and into flood waters just south of the Capehart Bridge. The most recent of those occurred back in December when a truck driven by 35-year-old Adam McGill of Des Plaines, Illinois attempted to navigate flood waters in the area, but was swept away. Adam and his wife (31-year-old Cathryn McGill) got out of the truck and attempted to swim ashore as a boat of waterfowl hunters came to their rescue. Adam was successfully rescued, but Cathryn McGill was swept away. Her body was found near the mouth of a creek feeding into the White River back on March 14th.
Messmer says he along with Senator Hume has received many letters from people concerned about that area of State Road 257. He says those were sent on to INDOT and the meeting was facilitated based on those letters.
Officials with INDOT are now looking at options for the area. Messmer is hopeful that something gets done within the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit is among those concerned as well. He says everyone needs to work towards solving the problem so that there aren’t anymore flooding related casualties at that location.