Man killed in flood waters in Southern Ohio


    <p>A man died in Pike County after he was caught in flood waters Thursday morning. (WSYX/WTTE){/p}

    A man died in Pike County after he was caught in flood waters Thursday morning.

    Around 6:15 a.m., the sheriff's office received a 911 call saying a man was lying in the center of the road near the intersection of State Route 124 and State Route 772.

    "This is a frequently flooded area," said Chief Robert Barbee with the Pike County Sheriff's Office. "Local people know that whenever the barricades are up, you do not want to go through that."

    When deputies arrived on scene, they found 58-year-old Donald L. Denny of Wellston, Ohio dead.

    Denny's car was later found several hundred feet past "road closed" signs that were placed by the Ohio Department of Transportation Thursday night to warn of the flooding. Barbee said the water was about four to five feet high when Denny was trying to drive through it in a Ford Mustang.

    "He did have to manipulate through the barriers to get to that position," he said. "It's a tragic loss. It would have been pretty evident it was a flood stage especially with the barriers there and the depth markers."

    An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death. The sheriff said he may have died from exertion and a heart condition after fighting a swift current of flood waters.

    ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this story.

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