Flash flooding in Southern Indiana washes away homes; woman’s body found downstream

Officials with Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue said they were called out around 4:30 p.m. and had...
Officials with Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue said they were called out around 4:30 p.m. and had multiple water rescue calls and missing person reports.(Jeff-Craig Fire Department (Facebook))
Published: Sep. 4, 2022 at 10:36 AM EDT
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MADISON, Ind. (WAVE) - Officials in Jefferson County, Ind. confirmed one death and multiple homes damaged in Saturday night’s flash flooding.

According to the Jefferson County Emergency Manager, reports came in around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday for homes that had been washed away in Madison on East Brushy Fork Road.

Jefferson County EMA Director Troy D. Morgan said local rain gauges reported an excess of nine inches of rain within three hours near Brushy Fork Creek.

Early investigation revealed an elderly woman had called 911 on Saturday evening and said she was unable to leave her home on the 8000 block of East Brushy Fork due to water.

Morgan said first responders had trouble reaching the address due to flooded roads, damaged bridges and debris.

The responders did not locate anyone in the area, stating extensive damage had occurred over a large area on East Brushy Fork Road.

Five people were reported missing at the time, and around 8 p.m., all but one person had been located and no injuries were reported.

As search continued on Sunday morning, a woman’s body was found a significant distance downstream from the address where the 911 call was made.

A death investigation is being conducted by the Jefferson County (Ind.) Coroner’s Office to confirm the identity of the woman.

The Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue volunteer fire department posted pictures of the flooding in Jefferson and Switzerland counties on their Facebook page Saturday afternoon.

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JCFD has been out in Switzerland and Jefferson Co today since about 4:30p Multiple water rescue calls and still a few...

Posted by Jeff-Craig Fire Department on Saturday, September 3, 2022

Officials said they were called out around 4:30 p.m. and had multiple water rescue calls and missing person reports.

Debris removal and search and rescue efforts continued Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

According to Jefferson County EMA, initial assessment of the road on Sunday showed 20 addresses were affected, two homes destroyed and three other homes with minor damage. The other homes affected sustained nonstructural damage.

Heavy rain is scheduled to continue on Sunday afternoon and evening, with a flood watch in effect for large portions of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.