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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

There is no record of who was rescued at that location, said Oklahoma City fire Battalion Chief Tommy Iago.

Manley said it amazed him that drivers could see that cars were stalled but still tried to drive through.

He said he had seen flooding when he was growing up in Midwest City but he'd never seen floodwater so deep.

Iago said more than 50 people were rescued from cars and other dangerous perches in Oklahoma City, and about 40 people whose residences and businesses were threatened by high waters were evacuated.

The tire store at 13405 N Pennsylvania Ave. was flooded and Manley said he let employees go home about 10:30 a.m.

"It just wasn't safe,” he said.


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