Two people from the Baltimore area were rescued from an island in the Cacapon River on Sunday, November 4 after their vehicle got stuck on a flooded bridge on Powerhouse Road.
Deputy Chris Roper and Chief Johnnie Walter of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene.
Police said the couple was traveling from the upper part of Powerhouse Road and had crossed a paved section of roadway before trying to cross the low water bridge, which was under water.
Their SUV partially missed the bridge deck, sending the driver’s side front end of the vehicle into the river upstream of the bridge.
Police on the scene said the river current kept the front end pinned against the bridge, keeping it from being swept downriver.
The couple made it out of the vehicle and was able to get to a small island where responders found them.
Washington County (Md.) Fire EMS responded with a boat and brought the couple to the river bank. Roy’s Service Center was able to tow the SUV from the river.
Emergency officials emphasized the danger of driving across flooded roadways.