Arcadia Indiana. Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen said in a news release 64 year old Arcadia resident Robert Morgan passed away on Friday evening when he made an attempt to drive across a flooded road that swept his car and came to a halt about 100 yards downstream where it went underwater.
Water rescue teams pulled Morgan out of his car and transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Bowen has warned drivers not to attempt the drive on a flooded road due to high possiblity the cars will be swept underwater and persons will drown for their folly of driving on flooded roads.
Midwestern states Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin all reported flooding as a dozen rivers in the region flowed over their banks and dumped up to five inches of rain on newly saturated soil.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers said Friday most of the dams from Quad Cities to near St, Louis Missouri have been closed due to the flood conditions. Barge and traffic on that section of the Mississippi River have been put on hold until the crisis has passed. Four Illinois River locks have been shut down.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency. He activited the Missouri National Guard to the flood fighting efforts.
News sources CBS News and The Associated Press