Water rescue traps firefighters in floodwaters

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HUNTSVILLE-LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Instead of a 'White Christmas' the 'Wet Christmas' reached across county lines.

In one situation, first responders find themselves saving one of their own.

Residents of the Rock Creek subdivision off Old Railroad Bed Road, outside and soaked, watching water rush across their neighborhood streets as first responders worked.

Crews responded to a woman and baby trapped in their car at the neighborhood clubhouse, they were successfully rescued.

"In the process we had a couple rescuers that got trapped by the water," explained Huntsville Fire & Rescue Chief Mac McFarlen.

Bryan Jones was one of those rescued after their kayak got stuck.

"We went to go across the street has where the bridge is, that's when we got swept under," said Jones. The water was so violent, so strong, we were just trapped."

Meanwhile, Rock Creek residents had an issue of their own as multiple houses saw floodwaters enter the first floors of their homes.

 

"One of my neighbors I know of is putting things in their car, the things that aren't already soaked, and they're pretty furious," said resident Sierra Arbogast.

Fortunately, everyone was safe.

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