FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Fire crews and other emergency personnel responded to a call on Friday, October 11, involving a person who was stranded in her car in a flooded area.
Right before 7:30 a.m. reports of a person in a car at Dead Horse Mountain and S. Stone Bridge Road in southeast Fayetteville, according to witnesses at the scene.
The woman was rescued and there are barricades in the area.
According to Fayetteville Battalion Chief Jeremy Ashley, Dead Horse Mountain is an area in Fayetteville that tends to flood a lot.
He said in the situation the woman was in, it’s always best to turn around no matter how high or how low you think the water on the road is.
“There was some water over the road and the woman tried to drive through it,” Chief Ashley said. “It wasn’t deep but they lost track of where the road was and ran off into a ditch and got stuck.”
According to Chief Ashley, even with the constant reminder to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” drivers will still think the water isn’t too high and try to drove through it not only putting their lives at risk but emergency crews too.
“Even with the training and equipment we have, there is a risk going and getting someone in swift waters and so we ask not only for your sake, but for the sake of the first responders just turn around,” Chief Ashley said.
He said it’s important to remember this because you don’t know what’s under the water or if the roadway has been washed away.