WE CONGRATULATE: Our flood heroes

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As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

On Washington Street and twice on old Eminence Pike in Shelbyville, first responders took to boats to help stranded motorists from rising waters.

It would seem to be common knowledge, but with that many incidents in one day it should stand as a reminder to never, ever try to cross flooding waters.

No matter what kind of car or truck you have, a big SUV with four-wheel drive or a small compact, that is not a chance you want to take.

But, it is nice to know that someone is watching out for us and will be there if we do make the wrong decision.

So thank you, first responders. But let’s hope that next time we have heavy flooding you won’t have to get your boat out.