Old Man Winter ended 2022 with ice, snow, and frigid temperatures, leading to many issues for residents. Mother Nature didn’t want the start of 2023 to be out-shadowed; however, so she canvassed the county with massive rainfall and flooding.

Over two inches of rain fell within four hours early Tuesday morning, with periods of rain all day Tuesday and Wednesday. More rain was in the area over the weekend.

The Taylorsville-Spencer County Fire Protection District had a very busy day on Jan. 3.

Local fire and rescue personnel responded to 15 calls for service, including 11 water rescue calls, two service calls, one injury motor vehicle accident, one MVA with entrapment and vehicle on fire.

All of the water rescue calls were successfully executed.

The MVA with entrapment/fire was rescued by a passing motorist, and the fire was extinguished by the Mount Washington Fire Department.

25 TSCFD firefighters responded to these various calls, and were assisted by Northeast Nelson Fire with a water rescue on Eggen Road.

The Northeast Nelson Fire Department also assisted on two water rescue calls, which were on Little Union Road, and Grays Run Road.

The Mount Washington Fire Department provided automatic mutual aid to the fire/extrication on US 31E. EMS assisted as well.

Along with numerous roads being flooded and closed, the baseball fields at Ray Jewell Park were also completely under water, reaching into the concession stand. At Waterford Park, the playground equipment had minor damage due to the rushing water.