Brown County—Heavy rains proved treacherous for drivers in Brown County Indiana throughout the day. An early morning storm dumped several inches of rain near Nashville, flooding roads and swallowing vehicles.
The warning signs that flanked state road 135 just south of Nashville weren't there when John Bringle discovered high water the hard way early Saturday morning.
"Once it caught my front tire it just flipped the bike pretty much," Bringle said. "There was no getting out of it."
The driver of an SUV also couldn't get out of the current. The family inside escaped through a back window.
Bringle was also able to get out of the water with just a few bumps and bruises.
"I popped up and grabbed ahold of that tree and held on until I could get my breath and get out of there," Bringle said.
Nearly twelve hours later traffic resumed, but the water and motorcycle remained. As he looked at his submerged vehicle, Bringle said the flooding took him by surprise because he had traveled the same road just prior to being swept away in the early morning.
"We just came through here a half an hour earlier," he said. "Got to Nashville, got the bike and was coming back and ran into this. That's how quick it came up over the road in about a half hour's time."
The water was also an issue for the side roads and driveways along State Road 135.
"It was probably four feet deep I'd say. That would have been over the hood of the Jeep," said Steve Lowry, who watched the water rush over his driveway throughout Saturday morning and afternoon.
Lowry says the water was much more than an inconvenience.
"About 3:00 this morning I needed to get to the VA hospital but couldn't get out at all," he said. "We would have been swept off like those people you saw on the corner."
One of those people on the corner spent his afternoon fishing for his bike. It took a couple of helping hands and a couple attempts but Bringle eventually succeeded.
Call it a lesson learned the hard way.
"Yeah, don't be out riding when it's pouring down rain like this and you're not sure if the roads are flooded or not," Bringle said. "It's too dangerous."
Bringle says his bike is totaled but insurance will cover it. Brown County has already seen a lot of rainfall this month. The emergency management office says there has been well over four inches of rain in the past week alone.