We here in Peterborough (or at least those of us who have been around for 12 years or longer) know a thing or two about flooding. Yep, it’s now been over a dozen years since the big Peterborough flood of 2004, during which many residents suffered damage to their homes and lost countless possessions. I don’t recall hearing of any fatalities from that flood, which is always a relief.
Not so lucky are the residents of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It’s a city that’s already been marred by clashes between civilians and police. It’s where Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police, and where three police officers were shot and killed by a civilian a couple weeks later. Baton Rouge has had a tough go lately, and the unprecedented flooding they’ve seen this weekend certainly isn’t helping things.
Already, the flooding has claimed the lives of three people. On the positive side, at least 2,000 people were rescued from the rising water before it was too late. While I’m sure all of these rescues had some amount of drama to them, the video of this one REALLY stands out. Why? Because if they’d shown up 30 seconds later, this woman and her dog would’ve been gone.
Have a look at this video, originally posted by WAFB, the Baton Rouge CBS affiliate:
It probably doesn’t help that the boat the rescuers are on bumped into the car. It looks like that pushed it a little bit and made it more unstable, not that it was very stable to begin with. But you can hear the woman inside, fully aware that she’s going down. It’s really heartwarming to see that guy dive right in to that disgusting brown water and pull her out, but also go back for her tiny dog who was also trapped in the car.
The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency, but hopefully no more dramatic rescues like this one are necessary.