Deluge strands man's van down by the river

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A man's van is going to stay down by the river until water levels fall next year, the Roseburg Fire Department said.

The man drove his van out onto Elk Island in the South Umpqua River before the heavy rain started.

As the river rose to near flood stage, the man got stuck out on the island, firefighters said.

A passerby reported seeing the man stranded on the island around 11:10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office dispatched a water rescue catamaran to the scene, and the man was rescued from the island shortly after 1 p.m.

His van won't be so lucky: firefighters expect it will remain on the island until waters recede some time next year.

The Roseburg Fire Department was assisted in the rescue by Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Fire District No. 2, Douglas County Emergency Management and the Douglas
County Sheriff's Office.