Deputies rescue truck driver stranded on flooded roadway

The truck driver was cited for this incident.

Deputies rescue truck driver stranded on flooded roadway
Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office

An 18-wheeler became stranded after its driver ignored warning signs and drove into floodwaters.

The incident took place in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana on Monday afternoon. Signs along Louisiana Highway 120 west of Cypress warn that the roadway is closed due to off and on flooding since late February.

According to KSLA News, Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s deputies had to use an amphibious all-terrain vehicle to get the driver safely to land. The big rig will remain stranded until recovery arrangements can be made.

Deputies cited the truck driver for disobeying road closure signs.

Deputies rescue truck driver stranded on flooded roadway

This is one example of why law enforcement agencies and the National Weather Service urge motorists to turn around, don’t drown.

Drivers have no way of knowing what is beneath the surface of a flooded roadway.

There could be a washout, a cave-in, or a drop-off that results in property damage and sometimes drowning.