Three people were rescued Wednesday night after their vehicle was swept off the road by flash flooding in Pike County, Illinois.
Pike County Emergency Management Director David Greenwood says officers responded to reports of a vehicle washed into an overflowing creek south of Nebo on Union Street just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The vehicle with three people was traveling north on Union Street towards Nebo, when rising water from Spring Creek overtook the vehicle.
Passenger Marissa Enriquez said they walked nearly a quarter mile before reaching what was described as an island in the water. estimated the water to be between 2-3' high at its highest point.
"I thought that we'd get stuck in it. I was just praying we got out," Enriquez said. "When we got out it was still filling up, it was hard opening the door, when we opened it the car would fill up with water and then it got way higher that by the time we were walking."
Rescue crews helped get the stranded motorists across the water on foot to safety. Pike County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Lowry said this isn't something the department is used to responding to.
"Not around here. It is common for (Spring Creek) to rise up very quickly," Lowry said. "It'll rise fast and drop quickly, but I've never noticed anyone get stranded before."
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