Racine man ID'd as Meigs County drowning victim

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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - Update: 2/8/2019

The Wood County 911 Center says it just takes a few inches of water to stall-and ultimately submerge-a vehicle.

That's regardless of what type, or the size of the vehicle involved.

And Center Director Rick Woodyard says just because drivers were successful at navigating high water before, it doesn't mean they can do it again.

"If you went through an 8-inch high water and made it through, you're not measuring the water level and it's now 12 inches or higher," Woodyard said. "It could take the car off its wheels and off the road. People think, 'I've done it before; why can't I do it now?' And it's a fatal flaw to consider that."

Woodyard also advises motorists that, while area rivers may be near crest, there could still be a threat of high water in some areas into the beginning of the weekend.

UPDATE: 2/8/19 11:55 PM

Authorities have released the name of a man who died Thursday night while attempting to drive his vehicle through high water in Meigs County.

Sheriff Keith Wood said Lawton E. Templeton, 54, of Racine, was swept away after he got out of his vehicle, which was surrounded by water on Leading Creek Road off State Route 7 in Middleport.

Wood said Templeton was apparently trying to return to dry land when he was swept downstream by the current.

The incident was reported to authorities about 6:20 p.m. Thursday.

Wood said Friday that motorists who encounter high water on a roadway should always turn around and never try to drive through it.


A body has been recovered Thursday night in a high water rescue near Leading Creek Road. That's according to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.

Sheriff Wood said that person drowned while apparently trying to drive through high water. He said the person is an adult.

First responders received a call around 6:20 p.m. Thursday about a person believed to be missing in the water. It was in the area of Leading Creek Road. That's off State Route 7 in Middleport, Ohio.

Deputies say another person saw the victim stuck in the water and tried to get a rope to the victim. That witness then saw the victim swept away by the water. The victim's body was found a couple hundred yards downstream.

Law enforcement wants you to remember this about high water. Turn around, don't drown.

Authorities say another drowning happened Thursday. A man drowned in Pike County, Ohio after reportedly driving through high water.

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