EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Driver rescued from high water in Kansas City on live TV
5:48 AM, May 31, 2013
2:40 PM, May 31, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Members of the Kansas City Fire Department rescued a driver stuck in high water in northeast Kansas City as Jenna Hanchard was reporting live from the scene Friday morning on 41 Action News Today.
It was around 5:30 a.m., as Jenna was reporting on the heavy thunderstorms and flash flooding near Chouteau and Belmont, an area that often sees high water in the same location.
The two firefighters waded their way to the driver, handed him a life-jacket and walked him back to dry land.
As they were getting the man out of his vehicle, the firefighters had to wave off a second vehicle that was about to try to pass the stuck driver.
That driver turned around, but not long afterward, another car did get stuck when it tried to get past the flooded roadway.
Click on the first video above to see it all unfold. Mobile users can view the video on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/nS3YM7LhVBk
In Jenna's next live shot, at about 5:45 a.m., she was giving an update on the situation there as a tow truck pulled the second vehicle out of the water. You can watch that clip in the video player above. Mobile users, click here: http://youtu.be/v9vv4hLkY08
Eventually, police came and roped off the section of roadway.
Jason Rhodes is a spokesman with the Overland Park Fire Deaprtment. In a live interview on 41 Action News Friday morning, he said his department responded to dozens of calls for cars stuck in high water within minutes when a torrential rain fell in southern Johnson County, Kan.
The storms, and subsequent flooding, have since moved on, and 41 Action Weather Meteorologist Jeff Penner says it will actually turn into a nice afternoon, with a high of 81 and a chance at some sun later.