A fire truck was used during the rescue of a Shelbyville family whose vehicle was immersed in swollen flood waters on the Sigel Road in rural Shelby County Saturday.
According to Stewardson Fire Department Public Information Officer Matt Forcum, the fire department received a call at 12:41 p.m. that a vehicle was trapped in flood water approximately three miles east of Illinois 32 on the Sigel Road. Upon arrival at the scene at 12:50 p.m., firefighters discovered Dave and Micah Rader, of Shelbyville, along with their two children, Taylor and Adrianne, stranded in a vehicle in water approximately 2 1/2 feet deep. Firefighters were able to use the fire truck by backing it through the water to the Rader vehicle, retrieving the family from the vehicle and then moving them to a safe location. There were no injuries reported at the scene.
According to Forcum, the Rader family was traveling from Shelbyville to Sigel to attend a wedding when they became trapped by the flood waters.
The large amount of rainfall in the area has caused flooding in many low lying locations and in spots where the ground has become saturated with water. Motorists should use caution when traveling in areas that may have water across the roadway, Forcum said.
"Be very cognizant of areas prone to flooding, and if you come upon standing water, be very cautious. Find a detour if possible," he said.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than 1 1/2 hours. Assisting at the scene were Stewardson Ambulance Service and Shelby County Dive Team.