Man pulls drivers from flooded cars near downtown Lufkin

Man pulls drivers from flooded cars near downtown Lufkin
Flooding at Loop 287 and Hwy. 59 in Lufkin (Source: KTRE staff)
Flooding at Loop 287 and Hwy. 59 in Lufkin (Source: KTRE staff)
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man said he was just doing what he would want someone to do for him if he were in the same situation.

Jeremy Smith said he was near the Frank Avenue underpass in downtown Lufkin when he noticed several cars stuck.

"It was about two feet deep across," Smith said. "I watched one truck drive through and make it. Then, I watched another gentlemen get stuck. I helped him get out of his truck then went back to the house. I came back about 10 minutes later, and his entire cab was gone."

That would not be the only rescue Smith made.

"About five or six minutes later, an elderly woman in the white car came driving in, and at that point she was just floating," Smith said.

Smith does not think he did anything special, and he said he just did what any normal person would do.

"I look at it this way," Smith said. "You have to do what you have to do. If I was in any other situation, I would have done the same thing."

Smith said he recently moved from Oregon to help with a family business. Smith recalled being used to rain but said this storm was not like anything he had seen before.

"It rains a lot, but it don't rain like this," Smith said. "It hits fast and hard here. That's not like anything I have lived in before."

Several other roads in Lufkin were covered with water this morning. TXDOT crews and Lufkin police worked to control traffic through the late morning. By Monday afternoon, all the roadways were cleared.

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