When heavy rains hit southeast Indiana Sunday, June 9, Indian Creek, which runs near Camp Livingston, overflowed.
The flash flood stranded seven Camp Livingston camp staff in a van during the flood, according to published reports by WKRC-TV. No campers were involved. It was camp staff only.
Camp Livingston is in Bennington, Switzerland County, Indiana, about 60 miles from Cincinnati.
Jefferson/Craig Townships Fire & Rescue Department based in nearby Vevay, Indiana, responded. Department Chief Cody McNeely said the seven who were rescued were nervous.
When responders arrived the water was rapidly moving and about knee deep, and it was hard to communicate with the camp staff in the van because the current was loud.
One of the teenagers in the van had a cell phone that had service; the area has spotty cell service.
The responders threw a rope to the van and tied it off to a fire vehicle. The chief said the rescuers used the rope to walked the seven stranded from the van to safe land.
Since the flooding in that area drops quickly, by the time the last person was led to safety the water was only mid-leg, but the current was still moving swiftly.
McNeely said some of the seven were from outside of the country and had never seen water as high as it was. This was the first time he remembers Indian Creek being that high.
The seven were returned to Camp Livingston safe and sound.