Incredible footage shows a 17-year-old girl and her dog stranded on a rooftop surrounded by floodwaters as they waited for hours to be rescued amid recent flooding in eastern Kentucky.
Chloe Adams woke up Thursday morning to find water rushing through her home in Whitesburg, Kentucky, leaving her with little time to act.
Although Chloe lives with her grandfather, she was the only one inside the house on Thursday other than her dog, Sandy, who she has had since she was a toddler, according to CNN. Her grandparents, who were in a nearby house, tried to yell at Chloe to stay put until help arrived.
With cell service cut off and having no way to get in touch with anyone, Chloe decided to swim to her uncle’s house but had to find a way to bring Sandy with her.
Realizing that Sandy couldn’t swim, Chloe tested different pieces of furniture to see what her dog could float on. She finally settled on a plastic drawer in her closet that Sandy could fit into, then placed the drawer on a couch cushion so the dog could float.
Chloe left the flooded house with Sandy and swam to a nearby house, where they found a roof with only part of the surface unsubmerged.
“She waited for hours until she could be rescued,” Chloe’s father, Terry Adams, wrote on Facebook. “She’s a heroine.”
Chloe and her dog waited over five hours before being met by Terry’s cousin, Larry, who rescued the two by kayak.
“He does amazing things for the community on a daily basis,” Chloe’s dad told WHAS11 News, of his cousin. “It was above and beyond. We are very grateful to him. »
The two were able to return safely to Chloe’s grandmother after being stuck on the roof for several hours.
“We lost everything today,” said Terry. “Everything but what matters most.”
Eastern Kentucky’s flooding began Wednesday as some communities received about ten and a half inches of rain over 48 hours.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) announcement On Sunday that the death toll from the floods had reached 26, including four children, as thousands of people were displaced from their homes.
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