Floodwaters throughout Seneca County meant deep trouble for some drivers Monday.
Seneca County Sheriff's Office Deputy Denny Wilkinson said two drivers were rescued from submerged vehicles before noon Monday, and one of the drivers was taken to the hospital.
Wilkinson said Jeff E. McDaniel, 47, of Bloomville, was on his way to work when floodwater overtook his vehicle on CR 16.
CR 16 rescue
"With the current moving so fast, it just sucked him in," he said.
McDaniel was able to get out of the vehicle, which had water up to its windows, and climb onto its roof, Wilkinson said. He was rescued and transported to Mercy Tiffin Hospital.
"With weather like this, you can get hypothermia," Wilkinson said. "The biggest thing is if there's high water, don't drive through it."
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Sycamore firefighters rescue Jeff E. McDaniel, 47, of Bloomville, from his truck Monday morning on CR 16.
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Donn Pahl, a firefighter with Sycamore Fire Department, dumps water from his boot Monday after he helped rescue Jeff E. McDaniel, 47, of Bloomville, who was trapped on the roof of his truck on CR 16.
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A Tiffin Police Department cruiser sits behind a barricade on Charlotte Street, which was closed at about 5 p.m.
McDaniel was not cited for driving through the high water because there were no barricades up at the time, Wilkinson said. If barricades are blocking a flooded roadway and a driver goes around them, a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device could be issued.
Barricades were in short supply in Seneca County Monday morning, but Ohio Department of Transportation was working with the county to supply barricades for flooded roadways.
Another driver was rescued Monday morning on US 224, just east of CR 17. That driver was not injured, Wilkinson said.
According to reports from the Seneca County Sheriff's Office, fire departments also responded to South SR 19 and East CR 16 for other vehicles submerged in water.
Near Fostoria, two people were rescued from their vehicle Monday morning on TR 218.
According to Fostoria fire reports, firefighters were called to the 23000 block of TR 218 for the report of a submerged vehicle with occupants just before 11 a.m.
A rescue boat was used to rescue two women, and they were transported to Fostoria Community Hospital.