Severe flooding was reported this week in Kentucky, USA. Local resident Chloe Adams, 17, of Whitesburg, was home alone with her dog Sandy. At the time she saw water in the bathroom and kitchen, she realized it wasn’t safe to stay in the house. She came up with a plan.
“I finally had a plan that I believed … might work,” she said. “I knew the dangers of trying to swim in deep and moving water, but I felt I had no choice.”
Although Chloe was in a panic, and couldn’t even call 911, she immediately grabbed a plastic container, put her dog in it, and left the house. She had to swim in the cold water, pushing the container with Sandy forward. Fortunately, they soon settled on a small roof that peeked out of the water.
At this time, Chloe’s family were also rescued, and could not yet get to her. The girl and her dog sat on the roof for about five hours. After that, the girl’s cousin finally came by boat and was able to get them to safety. All the while, Chloe held on and remained brave – for which her family calls her a “hero.”
When the teen returned to her grandmother’s home, she broke down, “from the relief of knowing Sandy and I survived the flood,” she said.
“My heart goes out to all the other people who lost and suffered so much more than I did in this horrific devastation,” Chloe said.