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Photos give closer look at dramatic Kilgore water rescue

In Talk of East Texas

By staff
March 10, 2016 at 10:43 a.m.
Updated March 10, 2016 at 10:46 a.m.



Video of a dramatic water rescue Wednesday near Kilgore has been getting lots of attention on social media. Now, some pictures shared with us offer a closer view of those firefighters who were helping an adult, four children and a dog escape a home surrounded by rushing flood waters. 

The photos, shared by by the Kilgore Fire Department and taken by Kilgore Fire Marshal Brandon Bigos, show firefighter Robert King carrying a dog and a baby carrier atop a ladder extended horizontally from a fire truck over the flood waters to the home.

It was one of dozens of rescues Wednesday of people stranded in homes and vehicles after heavy rains pushed rivers out of their banks, flooded streets and highways and left thousands of homes without power. 

"The (fire crews) brought them all out one person at a time, and the family dog was last," said Brandi Henderson of Leverett's Chapel, who witnessed the scene and shot the video getting so much attention. "It was tense watching the little ones come across hanging on, because the water was moving along pretty good."

The ladder from the truck wasn't quite long enough to reach the home, so crews had to lay down what she described as a "regular step ladder" to reach the home.

Today, nearly all of the roads that were closed due to high water and flooding have reopened, but rain is forecast through Saturday. Be safe, everyone, as you're navigating East Texas for the next several days. Thanks again to Kilgore Fire Department for sharing the photos.

In case you haven't seen it, here is the video:


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