Drowning death reported in Lawrence County - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Drowning death reported in Lawrence Co.; flooding impacting multiple counties

Posted: Updated:
Flood damage on McCord Hollow and Darbytown Road in Hohenwald Flood damage on McCord Hollow and Darbytown Road in Hohenwald
Ralph Barr was headed to his favorite grocery store when he was swept away in the floods. (Family photo) Ralph Barr was headed to his favorite grocery store when he was swept away in the floods. (Family photo)
Channel 4 viewer Jordan sent in this photo of flooding in Summertown. Channel 4 viewer Jordan sent in this photo of flooding in Summertown.
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • McNeese known for being a "powerhouse"

    McNeese known for being a "powerhouse"

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:18:58 GMT
    The depth of the McNeese defense is no question this year and could prove to be one of the best squads in some time.With Preseason All-America candidate Everett Ellefsen, returning starter Kevin Dorn, as well as Sean Brown. Then add transfer Brian Hine along with big boys Antonio McGhee Danyel Hunter, also tacking on Aaron Sam who earned Preseason All SLC First Team Recognition. This unit is going to be one hard line to crack. As for the team as a whole, the word used to describe them the mo...More >>
    The depth of the McNeese defense is no question this year and could prove to be one of the best squads in some time.With Preseason All-America candidate Everett Ellefsen, returning starter Kevin Dorn, as well as Sean Brown. Then add transfer Brian Hine along with big boys Antonio McGhee Danyel Hunter, also tacking on Aaron Sam who earned Preseason All SLC First Team Recognition. This unit is going to be one hard line to crack. As for the team as a whole, the word used to describe them the mo...More >>
  • Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:41:16 GMT
    Welsh Police make three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
    Welsh Police make three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
  • LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:38:11 GMT
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
SUMMERTOWN, TN (WSMV) -

Multiple counties are reporting flooding after storms swept through the area, and one flood-related drowning has been reported in Lawrence County.

Ralph Barr was headed to the grocery store when he tried to cross flooded Denson Road, lost control of his vehicle and drowned.

Dora Barr says when her husband left the house, she had no idea he would never return.

"He said, 'You go back to bed. I'm going to go up to Clark's, and I will be back in a little while. And I'll fix us some breakfast,'" Dora Barr said.

Flood water swept through the street, but the 72-year-old man decided to drive through. It was a decision that cost him his life.

"I waited and waited, and he meet did come back. I called his son and he hadn't heard from him," Dora Barr said.

The strong and deceiving currents where too forceful. Ralph Barr was swept beyond a ditch nearly 100 yards into the flooded woods, trapped inside his wife's small car. He never made it out.

"The water was running so swift through there. I guess he didn't know the road had been washed out. With that big of a tide and a small car, it went right down," said friend Kayla Clark.

When he didn't show up, his friends at Clark's Grocery knew something was wrong.

"We were shocked. I knew he hasn't showed up that morning, but sometimes he would be here at 6 in the morning," said friend Ruth Clark.

In dangerous weather, the close-knit Summertown community is now hoping everyone will heed the warnings: if you see standing water, don't chance it, turn around.

"Everybody will be praying for his wife and everybody," Kayla Clark said.

There are 15 to 20 places in Lawrence County where officials say roads have washed out after heavy rains and flooding. The worst of the flooding is said to be between Ethridge and Summertown.

At least 5 more inches of rain are expected in Lawrence County over the next few days, so drivers are warned to be on alert for quickly changing conditions.

Lewis County officials say several roads have been impacted by flooding and Newberg Road has washed out. Tiny Creek is about 8 to 10 inches above what it was on April 28, the date of the last flooding event in the area.

And much of the concrete surface was washed away on McCord Hollow and Darbytown Road in Hohenwald.

In Perry County, Highway 438 and Main Street are flooded and Lobelville is experiencing major flooding issues. The dock at Crooked Creek Marina broke lose but has since been secured.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow