Flood waters in Ottawa froze earlier this week requiring heavy equipment to be used to break up the ice on the roads. (Putnam Sentinel/Crystal Dunlap)
PUTNAM COUNTY - On December 25, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office received two calls of individuals stuck in water, including one near Miller City and one near Continental.
At 6:02 p.m., the Sheriff's office received a call from a female stuck in her vehicle in the water on Road H-13 between Road 14 and Road 15 near Miller City. The female drover her vehicle into the water until the vehicle stalled.
Upon arrival, emergency responders found that the water was near or just above the level of the floorboards of the vehicle.Miller City firefighters assisted the driver and her passenger out of the vehicle and walked them safely to land without incident.
The two occupants were checked by Putnam County EMS and were signed off at the scene.
Assisting the Sheriff's Office were Miller City Fire Departments, Ottawa EMS, Medic 300 and Service 301. Continental Water rescue was originally dispatched but then called off during the call.
At 6:36 p.m., the sheriff's office received a call of a vehicle stuck in the water on Road I-23, just west of SR 634.
Elmer Gilbert, 58, Continental, was driving eastbound on Road I-23 when he drove around a high water sign and drove into a flooded area of the roadway. The vehicle was in about three feet of water, the passenger, Craig Hulett, 46, Cloverdale, was able to get out of the vehicle and safely to land.
Gilbert had to be rescued from his vehicle. Assisting the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at the scene was Continental Fire Department and Continental Water Rescue, Medic 300 and Service 301, and Kalida EMS. Alcohol was believed to be a factor. The incident remains under investigation.