The Shelby Township, Mich., family’s luggage was also retrieved from their water-logged car.
State conservation officers also rescued a southwestern Indiana man Saturday night who clung barefoot for about three hours to a Pike County bridge abutment after floodwaters swept him off his four-wheeler. Michael D. Christmas, 30, of Velpen had been returning home from work in Otwell when he was swept off his vehicle.
Conservation officers also aided a 500-pound black bear left behind in its cage in Shelby County’s Fairland area when flooding drove its owner from his home. Rather than tranquilize the animal, they entered the bear’s 10-foot by 12-foot enclosure and created a platform that allows the bear to get above the floodwaters.
Skowronek said flooding along Indiana’s rivers and streams in that area would likely linger until mid-week. He said there’s little chance that Indiana’s snowpack that was washed away by the rains will be replaced in time for a white Christmas.
Skowronek said there’s a slight chance of snow Wednesday night and Thursday, but that system will bring only a dusting of snow to the state.