MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Maury County Fire Department responded to multiple water rescues and crashes on Sunday night after severe flooding hit the area quickly.
“It was a little unexpected, we did expect some rain, we just didn’t expect it that quick or that much,” Director of Emergency Management Jeff Hardy said.
At 6:15 p.m., units responded to Bear Creek Pike near Rally Hill Road for a subject requiring rescue from his home that was taking on water. Rescue units deployed a raft and were able to remove the occupant and one cat to safety.
“Water hadn’t reached inside his home yet, it was rising, it was right about the same as his door to his house. So he was unable to walk out safely because of the swift water. His cars were underwater,” Hardy said.
The fire department responded to a motor vehicle crash on Hampshire Pike at 3:53 p.m. Sunday.
According to authorities, one person was removed from the vehicle and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries.
Maury County Fire Department and Columbia Fire Rescue responded to the 1000 block of Old Highway 99 at 5:04 p.m. for a vehicle stranded in high water.
The two occupants, which included a child, were able to walk out to safety with the assistance of firefighters.
Water rescues are something that typically happens at least 10-15 times per year, according to Hardy.
“Several different places throughout the county are more prone to flood waters than others. So we try to keep an eye on those, make sure our citizens are aware when we have those events,” Hardy said.
Even when flooding is unexpected, Hardy suggests the best way to avoid troubles is to turn around, don’t drown.
“We don’t want to have to rescue people if we don’t have to. We’d rather them turn around, find an alternate route to get to their destination safely. Don’t chance it,” Hardy said.