TYLER, TX (KLTV) - There were swift water rescues all over East Texas Thursday. One of the first we were told about was on Highway 31 west right where it meets Spur 364, in Tyler.
Like many East Texans, Ryan Price tried to carry on a normal routine Thursday morning, taking his kids to pre-school. But raging waters wiped out all their plans. Price's family had some tense moments when his car stalled out, leaving them stranded.
"We got caught in it, the car shut down, we started sliding back, we called 911 and they didn't get here fast enough so the ABC (preschool), they helped us," said Price.
In fact, folks outside ABC Preschool also rushed to help a woman inside an SUV. The front end submerged into mud and flooded waters. The ground was softened from all the rain and gave way underneath. Drivers who thought they could cross the flooded road learned a lesson.
"I could see the road - the pavement but as I continued to go through it, I noticed it was a little deeper than I expected, " said Darla Frisby.
"When we went through it I was like, 'I hope we can make it,' you know, because it was low enough but I didn't think it was that strong," said Price. "It knocked us back a little bit you know. Thank God we didn't go into this ditch right here. Thank you God for real."
We desperately need the rain. The drivers just say it was too much at one time, and a little more excitement than they wanted.
"I'm going to probably turn around stay in today," said Frisby.