Oklahoma City teenager: 'I thought I was going to die'

The first Oklahoma flood victim pulled from rushing waters at Sooner Road and Hefner Road recounts her harrowing wait for rescue.

BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: June 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm •  Published: June 15, 2010

"I just watched my car sink,” Smith said. "I thought I was going to die.”

Eventually a news camera man on the opposite side of the flood heard Smith's cries for help and alerted the rescue squad, Battalion Chief Kirk Wright said.

"We were coming out to rescue two people in their cars on the bridge,” Wright said. "We found (Smith) standing in the trees.”

All told, seven people were pulled from the rushing waters that spilled over the banks of Deep Fork Creek and inundated Sooner Road and Hefner Road just east of Interstate 35.

Wright said crews would resume searching for another person Monday after a second round of storms passed by. Wright said witnesses reported seeing a woman in the water.

Smith was still shaken by the ordeal Monday as she watched air boats and helicopters scan the flooded area. Her mother, Carla Gordon Smith, said she felt helpless as she tried, on flooded and closed roads, to reach the place her daughter had gone missing.

"Whenever she walked into my uncle's house — to be able to hold her — I just broke down,” she said.


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