Land-water machine used to rescue residents in Millington and Tipton County

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Covington based company used its own equipment to save hometown residents from this weekend's flood.

Its called Hydratrek - a special land-water vehicle that was put to good use this weekend as it headed into flood waters in Millington and Tipton County.

"I was knee deep in water and didn't realize the gravity of it because I was helping my neighbors," said Millington resident Cleveland Wilburn.

"We are so happy that we are together," resident Fonda Booker added. "We've still got each other. We're very lucky."

Booker is just one of hundreds of Millington residents who lost everything in this weekend's floods.

"Very devastating, a lot of people in distress, animals swimming around," said Hydratrek's Craig Simonton.

Using the Hydratrek, Simonton, along with members of Tennessee Task Force One, traveled flooded streets helping rescue those stranded by the water.

Simonton shot video of the rescue efforts Saturday night. The video shows the water covering portions of Newport road in Millington.

"It was very useful. We were able to rescue over 60 people and animals in Millington and Tipton County this weekend," Simonton said.

"There was a vehicle beside us that had tried to leave but the water was over his truck and carried him into the pine trees," added resident Janette Phelps.

Phelps was staying with her mom in the Gilt Edge community in Tipton County. The Hydratrek saved her life from rising waters.

"Not only did he save us, he saved the people next to us, getting their truck out so they could get to safety," she said.

To find out more about Hydratrek, click here.

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