The search has been hampered by the high, swift moving water in the overflow area that runs through an empty cornfield. “This is the first day the water has fallen enough for us to even see their truck,” said Quillen. “That high water was moving so fast and stirring up so much debris in the water we couldn’t see anything.”
The McGill’s were on their way to Virginia where Adam is stationed in the Navy. They had just completed a visit with family in Washington when the accident happened. “It’s a bad situation, just a bad scenario,” said Quillen.
Authorities say the tragedy is a reminder for motorists to stay off of flooded roadways. “We urge people that anytime they see water over the road that they don’t take a chance and drive through it,” said Quillen. “I really wish people would take that advice to heart. It really doesn’t take a lot of water to knock a vehicle off the road and into trouble.”
The area along SR 257 has a particular reputation as a trouble spot for motorists who don’t heed the warning signs. “When the water is over the road you really can’t tell how deep it is,” said Lieutenant Conservation Officer Duane Englert. “The elevation is really deceiving and the road creates a low-head dam on the east side that adds more force to the water flow.”
Officials emphasize that any time a motorist comes to a sign that says road closed to turn around. “If there is a sign up that should tell you something,” said Quillen. “That means someone knows the water is a danger and people should find a different route.”
SR 257 remains closed because of water over the roadway.