Water Rescue Needed after Call Stalled, Flooded in Mackenzie Park High Water

Published 08/28 2014 10:10PM

Updated 08/28 2014 10:28PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock Fire had to perform a water rescue after a car flooded and stalled out in Mackenzie Park with a man still inside.

Clarke Shrauner said he was in town for the weekend out of Dallas, and had left the golf course in Mackenzie Park Thursday afternoon, and tried to get onto I-27. When he went to drive through part of the park, he approach an area with a flood marker that he said showed the water was at about a foot.

He tried to drive through.

"I kept thinking maybe the water would go down and I could walk out, but it kept coming up instead," Shrauner said.

Someone called for a rescue, and Lubbock Fire showed up, bringing a bucket truck as well as their dive team. The boat wasn't necessary, and instead they brought a truck close enough to the water and the car, and used the bucket to get Shrauner safely out of his car.

"Whenever I drove off in it, before the car flooded out, I could feel it floating, so I knew I was going to have a problem," he said.

Shrauner said he thinks in the almost 45 minutes he was in his car waiting for the rescue, the water probably rose about two and a half feet. He also said he's thankful for Lubbock Fire's help in the situation.

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