Marengo woman rescued after being swept away by flood waters


by Maggie Ruper


Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 11:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- One week after rushing waters almost claimed the life of Shea Bierman, she returned to the spot where she held on for her life.

“I remember just trying to swim. I remember trying to get above the water,” said Bierman.

She walked through high water along Valeene Road in Marengo while trying to get to her daughter Brittany. Brittany’s car became stranded in flood waters.

That’s when Bierman was pulled under by the current.

“I never dreamed it was that strong or that powerful, and it just so happens where it had carried me was the deepest part of the creek,” said Bierman.

“That location was probably 10 to 12 feet at the time,” said Terry Allen, Indiana Conservation Officer.

Allen helped to rescue Bierman. It took nearly two hours.

“My fear was by trying to remove her that it would sweep her on downstream and she wouldn’t be able to hang on to the rope,” said Allen.

When the water level dropped Allen and a team of firefighters pulled Bierman 30 feet to safety. She walked away only with a sprained wrist.