2 children, 2 adults saved from car during Rusk County water rescue

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Updated: May. 2, 2019 at 8:54 AM CDT
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RUSK COUNTY , TX (KLTV) - Four people were rescued after their car was stranded in floodwaters in Rusk County.

According to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management, New London, Kilgore fire and rescue are on scene of a swiftwater rescue on County Road 1114 near the Rabbit Creek Bridge. Overton rescue, Rusk County rescue also responded to the scene.

Patrick Dooley with Rusk County OEM reported there is a car stranded in the water. He reported at about 9:19 a.m., two adults, and two children — including an infant — were rescued from the vehicle unharmed.

Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price says this is why you should never cross a flooded roadway.

“It does not take much running water to move a vehicle off the roadway. You don’t know if there’s a roadway there. With the water moving like this it could have very well peeled the asphalt out or washed the roadway out from underneath it, and you’re not going to know it until it’s too late," Price said.

Officials say this section of County Road 1114 will be closed until the water recedes and it is deemed safe to cross again. Officials continue to warn people not to cross when there is water over a roadway.

Heavy rainfall from last night’s storms have flooded roadways and caused closure throughout East Texas.

For a full list of road closures, click here.

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