First responders: Woman found dead in water recovery in Bollinger Co.

Officials in Bollinger County say they've recovered the body of an elderly woman after a water rescue
Published: Mar. 26, 2023 at 11:26 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2023 at 9:19 PM CDT
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BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Members of the Homeland Security Response Team (HSRT) and Jackson Fire and Rescue were called at 8:40 p.m. to a water rescue incident in Bollinger County on Saturday, March 25.

According to release from Jackson Fire and Rescue, team members from both parties worked with the Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office, local volunteer fire departments and Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) to rescue a driver whose vehicle was submerged in water off a roadway.

Woodland Fire Protection District Chief and Bollinger County Coroner Calvin Troxell said the rescue incident became a recovery mission, involving victim Debbie Barks, 70, who was driving on Highway H about 3 miles north of Zalma.

Troxell said Barks was on her way home when she did not see the water covering the roadway, resulting in the incident.

MSHP Sgt. Clark Parrott clarified the incident took place off Highway H and Bollinger County Road 708 near Sweet Gum Conservation Access.

Jackson Fire and Rescue asked drivers to remember to always turn around when coming across a flooded roadway and never try to cross.