First responders: 2 people rescued from flash flooding in Whitewater River

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Posted at 6:21 AM, Jul 28, 2023

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Two people were rescued from the Whitewater River after getting caught in a flash flood in Franklin County overnight, first responders said.

The rescue happened near New Trenton in Franklin County, Indiana in the early morning hours Friday morning. Officials were dispatched around 5 a.m. and were able to rescue the two people using a jonboat.


"We are swamped right now trying to save these people," a Franklin County dispatcher told WCPO around 5:00 a.m.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said the two people rescued had been kayaking on the river since Thursday and stopped on an island in the river overnight.

Storms hit the region Thursday night, causing water levels in the river to rise. When that happened, IDNR officials said the kayaks the two had been using were swept away.

First responders said they pulled the two people from the water alive around 7:45 a.m. IDNR said the two were checked by emergency personnel once they'd been taken to safety, but no information on their condition was released.

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The river rose four feet very rapidly overnight. The radar estimates for the area come in at more than six inches. Most of the precipitation fell within six hours.

A flash flood warning was issued for Franklin and other southeast Indiana counties for a large portion of the early morning hours Friday.

The Tri-State is expected to get more rain and storms Friday. Click here for the latest forecast.