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10/24/05

Jackson County Deputy Tells Storm Story

"At times you certainly second guessed yourself as to why you were out on the road instead of a nice, comfortable shelter," Jackson County Lt. Brian White says.

But on August 29th, White's patrol car never stopped.

"Winds at the time, probably 125, 130, if not stronger," White says. "Areas that you would have never guessed could get water were completely underwater, vehicles floating, people floating out with pillows under their arms."

On Highway 63, White was around to help the dozens of people screaming and in need.

"All of a sudden, you look and see a head swimming towards you. It's a lady swimming towards you for help," White remembers. "She was scared to death. She said, 'We all underestimated the storm.'"

So did the many more calling 911.

"These people had called, they were stranded on the bridge. Someone had to go get them."

The family got scared when the water surge reached the top of the 1-10 bridge.

"We were thankful we were able to get to them, get them off of the bridge and to safety."

Not everyone was so lucky.

"Our dispatchers were receiving phone calls from people who had retreated to their attics, the water had gotten so high," White says. "There's no way we can get in to assist the people. Unfortunately, some of those who called for assistance, didn't make it out of the storm."

White says sometimes he felt helpless, other times scared. But he says looking back, he's glad he was there to help.

"I wouldn't trade this experience for nothing in the world. It's something I'll carry to my grave with me. It's something I can share with others."

By Jaimee Goad

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