Woman rescued from car

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

PALMETTO - A Unionville woman acted on advice from a man driving a white Dodge pickup truck Monday when she tried to drive through high water on Mount Road.

She didn't make it.

"Just don't trust a guy in a white Dodge," Lorra Scales concluded standing on Mount Road while waiting for Steven "Woody" Woodward in the Holder's Body Shop tow truck. "The (white truck) driver said, 'It's not that bad. Come on.'

"If I make the paper, at least it's not something criminal," Scales said. "It's not that bad."

The water in her 1999 Ford Contour was ankle deep.

"It's not 'boat-ready,'" she said.

While she was still in the car, a man, who apparently lives at 1910 Mount Road, drove up and told her that he'd get help. Soon Sheriff's Deputy Doug McBay arrived, as did Bob Hopkins, director of the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency. Hopkins was towing a boat to where East Rock Creek overflowed its banks on Mount Road south of Highway 64 and just west of the Bedford County line.

The boat wasn't needed. Two Farmngton-Rich Creek volunteers had already walked into the water and rescued Scales.

It was the second call of the day for the Farmington-Rich Creek Fire Department.

Dispatched at 4:51 a.m., the volunteers went to the Charles Anderson residence on Anes Station Road, Fire Chief Adam Orr said.

The fire started under the floor in the bathroom off the garage of the two-story brick house. When they arrived the whole bathroom was on fire.

"It was a complete save of the house, but the bathroom was heavily damaged." Orr said, concluding the cause of the fire appeared to be electrical.

Firefighters from the Berlin and Chapel Hill Fire Departments responded, as did the Emergency Management Agency and the Emergency Medical Service.