Temple Firefighters Rescue Driver Trapped in Water
Here is another reminder to be very careful when traveling in these rainy conditions we are seeing in Central Texas to kick off the year.
How about a big hand for the firefighters and responders from multiple departments who came to the rescue about 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The photos above show the water rescue that took place near the 14500 Block of Old Troy Road. 1 person was in the vehicle when it was swept into the water.
We want to thank the Troy Fire Department, Belton Fire Department, Swiftwater Rescue boat, Bell County Sheriff, Bell County Constable, Bell County Fire Marchal, Temple EMS for their help.
In a press release from Thomas Pechal, Temple Fire and Rescue said the driver was said to be an elderly male. The individual stayed inside the truck and Swiftwater technicians got a lifejacket on the man before removing him from the truck. The driver was awake and talking with EMS.
Remember, Turn Around, Don't Drown. The campaign is to remind drivers of the dangers of walking or driving your car through flood waters. Temple Fire and Rescue remind you of the following tips:
- Six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. It only takes two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
- Be especially cautious at night or early morning when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!