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      Water Rescues keep Putnam County crews busy

      At least two water rescues kept emergency crews busy in Putnam County on Christmas Day.

      At 6:02 p.m. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a call from a female who was stuck in her vehicle on Road H-13 between Road 14 and Road 15 near Miller City.

      The female drove her vehicle into some high water until her vehicle stalled. When crews arrived, they found that water was near or just above the floorboards of the vehicle.

      Miller City firefighters helped the driver and her passenger out of the vehicle and walked they safely to land.

      The two occupants were checked out by Putnam County EMS at the scene. Continental Water Rescue was initially dispatched but later called off.

      At 6:36 p.m. law enforcement officers responded to Road I-23 just west of State Route 634. Elmer Gilbert, 58, of Continental was driving east on I-23 when he drove around a high water sign and into floodwaters.

      The vehicle was in about three feet of water. A passenger, Craig Hulett, 46, of Cloverdale, managed to get out safely and find his way to land.

      Gilbert had to be rescued. Alcohol was believed to be a factor.