LOUDONVILLE -- First responders rescued eight people who were stranded on an island near Loudonville Monday morning.
After waters rose quickly Sunday evening, five members and three adult leaders of a Brunswick area Boy Scout troop on a canoe trip were trapped on an island on the Mohican River near Township Road 629, about two miles south of Loudonville, according to the Loudonville Fire Department.
Around 8:45 a.m. Monday, members of the scout troop were able to wave down passersby on the river and signal for help.
Two members of the Loudonville Fire Department who were trained in swift water rescue came to the troop's aid and brought them safely to shore. No injuries were reported.
Ashland County Sheriff's Office also assisted at the scene.
Parts of Ashland County saw more than 3 1/2 inches of rain Sunday night and Monday morning, according to radar estimates from the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
A flood warning remains in effect in southern Ashland County, including Loudonville, through 7:15 p.m. Monday. A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
The National Weather Service reminds drivers to turn around rather than to attempt to drive though flood waters. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
"It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains," the National Weather Service reports. "Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks."