This was after I first moved to Florida, roughly 2 months before that I had lived in Michigan. It was a very rainy day and it continued on for almost
two days when the unthinkable happened. They say that our Complex was safe from Flooding, they were wrong:
It started out small. You can't tell in the pic but on our Golf Course there is a small pond and along the road's edge we have a small river that
flows around some of the complex. I kept watching as the rain continued to pour down and the golf course started to increase with more and more rain.
I wasn't surprised, I have seen this type of downpour before. What I didn't expect was for the Pond and River to connect and how deep and strong the
current could actually get.
As you can see, some elderly people believed that they could make it through. Before this car, another was stuck in the ditch and almost turned over
(the blazer in front). That was the first person I got out and the depth wasn't all that bad yet. People continued to try and get through and soon I
would be taking out 8 people from their cars thinking that they would have no problem reaching their street:
In the deepest parts the water would reach up to my chest. While I was trying to get this lady to come out of the car, she kept asking me "Will my car
be ok?" She was saying this as water was rushing in. I knew I just had to get her out or she would either drown or be swept away with the current.
During this time a lot of people were outside taking pictures and recording. Most were old so I can understand why they weren't helping but there were
a few who could have. I guess I can't blame them for not helping but I never had a doubt in my mind that I needed to get these people to safety.
After awhile, I noticed a cop car sitting at the edge of my street (you can't see it here and nobody got a picture of it) and I had told him that he
needs to block the street off right now. They didn't listen to me and was waiting for the fire department. People still continued to try and drive
through which, like the others, got stuck as well.
After I got all the people out and the Fire Department finally blocked the street off they brought out their rafts. I had already told them that I had
gotten everyone out but I understand that they wanted to double check. By this point, my feet and legs were tore up from Fire Ants, something that had
never happened to me in Michigan and I eventually had to go to the pharmacy to get some pain relievers. It was one of the worst feelings in my life. I
noticed my feet and legs were itching really bad before I found them but I had to get the people out before I could check what was going on. The Ants
had attached themselves to my Socks and shoes trying to cling on to something so the current couldn't take them.
The Main News Stations in my city could and would not cover the story because it would "look bad on the complex" and, even though I didn't expect any,
I received no thank you cards from any of these people. I'm not saying this because I think I should have got some, I would have done this regardless
as anyone that cares would have but it was like they had all forgotten about me. I would like to have at least had some feedback from these people to
make sure they were ok and nobody contracted any sicknesses (we have recycled water in our complex and this river is really nasty).
Would you do the same for these people?
Well, that's it. I hope you guys enjoyed this story. I have been meaning to post this for a long time so I figured I would finally do it.
edit on 3 19 2014 by Polymath because: (no reason given)
edit on 3 19 2014 by Polymath because: Added a question at the end to