The heavy rainfall in Louisiana last week has caused a monumental flood which is the state’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina, prompting governor John Bel Edwards to describe the flooding as “truly historic.” A total of thirteen lives have been claimed by the disaster, which has also affected around 40,000 homes.
Thankfully, an estimated 30,000 people have been rescued according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and one of the most incredible of all was captured on film.
The video, posted to Youtube by Josh Meeks, begins with three rescue workers coming across a sinking car which is clearly about to be fully submerged. They call out, and are shocked to hear a woman calling from inside, exclaiming: “Oh my God! I’m drowning! I’m drowning!” The men spring into action — the woman is obviously trapped inside. They try to smash a rear window and cut into the car’s soft top, but it seems futile; the car is sinking lower and lower.
Then, finally their perseverance pays off just as the car completely submerges. They manage to cut into the fabric on top and drag the woman to safety. But she now only has one thing on her mind; getting her dog out of the car, which is no longer visible in the murky brown water. She pleads with her rescuers “get my dog!”, but as one grapples around unsuccessfully another tries to warn her that “she may be gone”.
“She better not be…” the woman desperately replies, and thankfully she’s in luck — one of the men suddenly pulls the little pup out of the water, much to the astonishment of the other rescuers. The woman is clearly incredibly relieved to be reunited with her beloved pet as they are both escorted to safety.
All images courtesy of WAFB