SCSO evacuates 10 people trapped by flood water - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

SCSO evacuates 10 people trapped by flood water

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies spent Friday saving people trapped by rising water.

Deputies said they evacuated four homes, including one with an 87-year-old man inside. Ten people were inside those homes, which are located on Covington Pike near the Loosahatchie River.

Deputies said the river level rose drastically overnight. Around 10 a.m. Friday the water was so high people were trapped inside their homes.

"I hate it because i thought we had enough time to leave," Theresa Matute said.

Using a Hydrotrack amphibious vehicle, deputies went door-to-door evacuating people from their homes.

One of the people trapped inside a home was an 87-year-old man who uses an oxygen tank to breathe.

Deputies called medical experts to determine if he could be moved safely. They determined he could, so deputies hauled him out of his home safely.

Mobile users can view pictures of the water rescue here.

"To me, getting them out now is a great feeling, because I know we're getting them out before anyone is in any true danger," Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mickey Keaton said.

The Loosahatchie River flooded the neighborhood, but thankfully never flooded any of the homes.

"If the water comes all the way up, I'll lose everything I've worked for for 20 years," Matute said. "I don't want to come back, because I believe it can happen again."

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