Southern Indiana man drowns in flood waters - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Southern Indiana man drowns in flood waters

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CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Clark County man drowned after authorities say flood waters swept away his truck. 

There's several feet now between the creek and the bridge along Tunnel Mill Road near Charlestown but we're told the area is known to flood. The Clark County Sheriff's Office says 67-year-old Edwin Flaherty was pulled out of the water Tuesday evening. 

"I just wanted to come and see where my friend lost his life," said Brian Bates, who was at the scene Wednesday morning. He says Flaherty often went by the name 'Woody.' 

"It was believed that the subject left his house at around 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. that day," said Clark County Sheriff's Detective Scottie Maples. "No one heard from him." 

According to Maples, someone saw the truck in the water at about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning but didn't contact police, likely thinking no one was inside. A case report says the man posted the photos on Facebook to show storm damage in his area. 

So crews weren't dispatched to the scene until around 7:00 p.m. 

"Once we received the call, we went out there and responded and found the body," Maples said. 

"It's kind of sad. Ya know, hurts," Bates said about the situation. "We lost a good man, a war hero, a patriot." 

Bates tells us this stretch of Tunnel Mill Road is known to flood. 

"Just really surprised that he would try to come through there," he said. "I don't know. I don't know where his mind was at that morning. I don't know." 

He says Flaherty lived nearby and may have underestimated the water. He tells us accidents have happened here before. 

"I wish they would put some type of a gate at each end of this road here where it floods, so they could close it," Bates told WDRB News. 

Authorities warn that just a few inches of water can move a car. 

"Don't try to go through it," Bates said. "It's just common sense." 

Family members say Flaherty served in the Vietnam War and leaves behind a wife and two sons. 

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