Floodwaters turn Oklahomans into heroes

Tire shop manager saves two women trapped in their vehicles by flood waters and an OKC garbage truck driver lifts another driver to safety.

BY SONYA COLBERG Published: June 15, 2010

The floodwater rose as Jack Manley looked out at the normally busy intersection on Monday morning.

He could see at least four vehicles threatening to become awkward boats near Memorial Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. Then he spotted two women trapped in their cars.

The waist-high water churned as Manley walked from the tire shop he manages into the intersection. Once he reached the minivan, the woman inside got her window open so Manley could lift her out.

He carried her to the door of Hibdon Tires Plus and turned around to repeat the process with the woman in the Mitsubishi.

"You couldn't see half the cars,” Manley said.

Not long after he rescued the woman in the Mitsubishi, it disappeared beneath the water. All but the minivan's roof racks disappeared, too, he said.

But another driver was trapped in a Jeep bouncing in the deepening water, Manley said.

Ingeniously, the driver of an Oklahoma City garbage truck pulled up and used the truck's lift to carry a garbage bin to the driver, Manley said.

After about three attempts, the truck driver was able to steady the trash bin so the driver could climb into it. The driver then maneuvered the bin to safety.


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