UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Chelsie Spearman's Ford Mustang still sits in flood water on River Road, hours after she and her kids were rescued from inside. It happened Tuesday morning in Big Sandy near the Sabine River.
"Before I knew it, we were up in water," said Spearman, the mother of two. "It was splashing. It went just super quick. The car was dead."
"It was rising in the back seat and I thought, 'The kids are going to drown. You can't let the kids drown,'" said Spearman. "And, I was praying. I said, 'God, do I get out of the car or do I try to stay in the car?' And, this gigantic fat Water Moccasin slithers across the hood of my car, and I said, 'OK, I get in stay in the car.'"
Spearman, her son Brendon and little Lexi sat in the cold submerged Mustang for less than 20 minutes before her brother-in-law and Big Sandy police officer, Brandon Stone came to their rescue.
"I'm so thankful for officer stone - just jumping on the back of the truck [and] jumped out to get the kids," said Spearman. "It's very overwhelming and it's humbling though and it's awesome to know that, in East Texas, we have that."
Not far behind Officer Stone was Jeff Jones, on his way to help with Big Dandy Fire and Rescue.
"When we get a call at five or six in the morning saying, 'There's a woman and two kids trapped in a flooded car you just gotta go,'" said Jones, the Second Assistant Fire Chief.
"The sheriff's office dispatch often gets forgotten in these deals, but they're the first line of contact with the people in the crisis," said Officer Wes Walters, with Big Sandy Police.
And, for the East Texas family, they're thankful that this crisis turned out OK.
Spearman's husband heads back out on deployment to Iraq Wednesday and says he's thankful he was home on leave when it happened and that is family is now safe.