911 calls from drivers trapped in flooded arroyo

Created: 07/18/2014 5:49 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Rescue crews saved three people after they became trapped in their vehicles in a flooded arroyo in Pojoaque Tuesday night.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 obtained the 911 calls made by two drivers. It’s a reminder about why you should never attempt to drive through a flooded road.

“How deep is the water,” the 911 dispatcher asked one of the drivers. “Oh my God. Probably two-and-a-half, three feet,” said the woman on the phone. “My truck is on a complete incline and it's like sliding down.”

Her 13-year-old sister was in the passenger seat. The caller said she was worried her truck would flip over into the water. The two sisters waded to the shore and waited for rescue crews to arrive.

Another driver was trapped in her car nearby. Her doors and windows were stuck and she couldn’t get out, according the recordings.

“Oh my God. Help me,” she told the 911 operator. “The water's seeping into my car.”

Rescuers say you should never attempt to drive through a flooded street. It takes just 6 inches of water to stall a car.

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