Illinois Woman Still Missing After Car is Flooded in Pike County

Illinois Woman Still Missing After Car is Flooded in Pike County

Witnesses say that Kathryn and her husband Adam were in their car until waters became too high. That's when they got out and were hanging onto a near by tree branches in the water. Crews were able to rescue Adam, but Kathryn could not hold on long enough to be pulled from the water.
An Illinois woman is still missing after her car was swept away by flood waters on Highway 257 near the Pike-Daviess County line.

Officials spent much of the day searching for Kathryn McGill of Des Plaines, Illinois.
   
Witnesses say that Kathryn and her husband Adam were in their car until waters became too high.
   
That's when they got out and were hanging onto a near by tree branches in the water.
   
Crews were able to rescue Adam, but Kathryn could not hold on long enough to be pulled from the water.
   
Adam is currently at St. Mary's hospital in Evansville with hypothermia.
   
Local sheriff's deputies along with emergency management officials used dragging and side scan sonar to try and locate Kathryn.
   
The Red Cross was also on hand helping to provide food and shelter for those who were searching.
   
Those who lived nearby say the area is prone to flooding and something needs to be done to keep anyone from driving through the area.

"The sheriff, conservation officers, and local people, several local people from this area were out there in their boats in the dive team people would even get in with them and go out and look," said Elaine and Dexter Stafford of Pike County.  "Go back, don't try it. I want to put a sign up on the road that says turn around don't drown. I think they should barricade all the way across the road, and make it impossible. Wire the barricades just in the center of each lane? There's a car with around each side, and right in the center, why not barricaded where no one can get around?"

Search and rescue efforts will start again early Monday morning.
   
Conservation officers remind you to obey road closing signs and to avoid driving through flooded roadways.
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