At approximately 7:15 this morning personnel were dispatched to an MVC possible ST vehicle in the creek (keep in mind this was no longer a creek).
Upon arriving found Crooked Creek flooded with 2’ + fast moving water preventing access. Crooked Creek FD responded as well and eventually reached the occupants vehicle. Initially they were unable to safely reach the vehicle due to current so swift water rescue teams responded from Buncombe and McDowell Counties. Occupants exited the vehicle and were able to grab a tree. Having the situation change Crooked Creek FD personnel had to act quickly rescuing the victim.
All personnel involved did an Excellent Job! No injuries including the victim and no equipment damages. Vehicle likely totaled. Keep this photo in mind when you consider going around a barricade or driving through water. Barricades were not placed at the time however driving through any standing water much less moving water is a very poor choice that puts rescuers in harms way needlessly.
Photos are of Flood Event 10/11/2018 Broad River area. We received approximately 10″ of rain today to go with the nearly 35″ received since Florence.