An Indiana couple and their dog were rescued from a flash flood last week at the White Pines State Park.
Firefighters rescued Jim and Susan Inding, in their 60s, and their small dog from their car after it was swept off the first ford by floodwaters that rose rapidly in the Pine Creek July 5.
Polo Fire Chief Tony Karrow said the Indings were camping at the park and left for a while.
While they were gone, a cloudburst dumped heavy rain in the area bringing local streams up and out of their banks.
Upon their return around 7 p.m. the Indings found the water high but decided to drive through it anyway to get back to the campground.
“We got two inches of rain in about 20 minutes,” Karrow said. “It just poured. The ford was probably two and a half feet deep when they tried to cross it. The water was coming through there at a pretty good clip.”
He said firefighters got Susan Inding and dog out of the car first, and then extricated Jim.
Karrow praised the efforts of all the emergency crews who responded to the scene, especially Dixon Rural and Polo firefighters who did the actual rescue.
“Everyone worked together as a team,” he said. “I’m really proud of them.”
Also helping at the scene were the Mt. Morris Fire Department, Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police.
Karrow had a word of caution about driving through floodwaters.
“When you’re told to avoid flooded roadways, take it seriously,” he said.