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Sheriff responds to drivers stranded in water

 
Staff Report
Posted on 5/4/2017, 5:00 AM

The Perry County Sheriff's Office says deputies have responded to several incidents of drivers stranded in high water since the flooding that began last weekend.

Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis says county personnel rescued three people from their cars between Saturday and Monday.

At around 1:15 p.m. April 29, deputies responded to Wolverine Road regarding a 2007 Chevrolet four-door vehicle stranded in the water. The driver was Mary McClanahan of Du Quoin.

At around 7:23 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to Davisville Road regarding a 2003 Mercury Marquis stranded in water. The driver was Phillip Morrison of Eldorado, and as previously reported,

attempts were made to give Morrison verbal commands, but they were unsuccessful, and Morrison displayed reportedly erratic behavior. Emergency personnel then approached Morrison, made contact with him and transported him to Marshall Browning Hospital for evaluation.

At around 11:42 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to Cudgetown Road regarding a 2006 Chrysler in the water. The driver was Billie Collier of Pinckneyville.

Bareis said the public can stay safe in flood conditions by getting to higher ground, avoiding roads already flooded, moving away from streams and washes, and exercising additional caution when driving at night.

Bareis also said deer have been displaced due to flooding, so drivers need to be on the watch for herds of deer moving especially in the evening hours.