Drivers Ticketed For Ill-Fated Flood Zone Violations

SIDNEY – Fremont County sheriff’s deputies responded to two incidents inside the flood zone Saturday morning.

The first call came in at 1:38 a.m. from Christopher Hawes of Coffeyville, Kan. He said he had hit a retaining wall and was in the water.

His 2015 Hyundai Azera was found on a temporary levee on Highway 333.

The westbound  vehicle went over the levee and ended up in the water.

Hawes was cited for failure to obey traffic control device.

The second came when a deputy notice a freight truck in the flood water off of Highway 2 near 195th Avenue.

A boat was called in to rescue the driver of the truck, Abdihakim Dirve of Minneaopolis, Minn.

Deputies say he drove past two barricades and was traveling south on 195th Avenue in the flood water when his truck went off the side of the road and became stuck on the shoulder.

Dirye was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device and driving through a safety zone, as well as being in an evacuated area.