Congressman's mother rescued from flood waters

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Skid marks on the ground are the remaining signs of a scary situation in Louisville. A car skidded on the wet road, flattened a fence, and into a swift moving, rain-swollen creek.

"When we arrived on scene we started to receive information of actually one vehicle in the water," said Battalion Chief Kevin Groody of the Worthington Fire Department.

"The car was found nose first in the water, and the stream was coming actually east to west. It (the car) actually floated down the stream, I'd say approximately 300 yards from the point of entry."

The driver- 85-year-old Edna Yarmuth, mother of Representative John Yarmuth (KY-3), was found trapped inside, and rescuers say she wasn't easy to get to.

"We have some high running water so we cant just jump in that right away. Obviously we had some tree lined areas that we had to cut trees down and then we had to use our aerial device to actually get out over the water and lower a firefighter actually on top of the car," explained Groody.

Firefighters smashed out the rear window and pulled Yarmuth to safety.

"She basically kept herself calm. She did a good job. She kept waving to us."

The congressman said in a statement that his mother is in good spirits and was wearing her seatbelt. She had only minor injuries but survived a major scare.

From Congressman Yarmuth:
"Our mother is doing fine after today's accident. Thankfully she was wearing her seatbelt and has only minor injuries. She is in good spirits and will be home soon. We want to thank the Harrods Creek, Worthington, and St. Matthews fire departments, as well as Metro Police and EMS, for their exceptional rescue efforts. We also want to thank all those at University Hospital, who are providing my mother with expert care."

The University of Louisville canceled their morning and afternoon classes after water swamped the campus. Officials say clean-up efforts and damage assessments are underway.

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