A Leslie County man says rising flood waters caught him off guard when he tried to cross a bridge and his pickup truck got stuck.
He was able to escape the truck but nearly got swept away in the current. He is safe now thanks to the help of others.
John Fee says he was on his way home from a friend's house Thursday evening, and says even though it appeared there was only 6 inches of water on the Old Mill Drive Bridge, he still tried to cross it.
“On this end I hit a log and it just pulled me over in a hole. And then when I tried to back up it wouldn't go either way,” said Fee.
His truck was stuck and the water started to rise.
“Within about five minutes, it had raised up from the bottom of the truck all the way up to the truck window,” said Fee.
He was able to climb out, but got swept away by the current. Two men witnessed the whole ordeal and two Leslie County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene.
“By the grace of God he was in some trees hanging on,” said Officer Hensley.
Hensley and Officer Kyle Morgan say thanks to the help of the two men, they were able to get Fee out of the water safely.
“The speed of the current, I think if there's any less of us we'd probably all been in the water,” said Hensley.
“The one guy that went to his house and got the rope, you know, if it wasn't for him and his quick thinking of going and getting the rope at his house, this could have had a lot worse outcome than actually what happened,” said Officer Morgan.
Fee says even though his truck is a loss, he's glad to have his life.
“Yeah. It's better the truck than my life.”
And he says he is thankful for those who helped save him.