DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - It was an afternoon downpour in Tucker that led to a flash flood which trapped a motorist in her car.
“I had came to a stop here at the corner of Crescent and North Lake Parkway,” said Tennille Conley, as she pointed to the spot where she got into trouble Tuesday afternoon.
She said she was headed back to work from a dentist appointment when she unknowingly she became trapped in sudden rising water on Northlake Parkway and Crescent Centre Blvd.
“My car started to float and it ended up turning southbound and floating until I hit another car,” said Conley.
She said she was in her car when she started to panic. As the drama was unfolding Andre Johnson happened to be driving by.
“I saw two cars stuck and I was like man I can't believe that,” said Johnson.
Johnson pulled into the parking lot of the Major League Bar and Grill to take action.
“I started swimming and swam around and I was able to open the door and lift her up out of there,” said Johnson.
Meanwhile, DeKalb County Fire and Rescue was on the way from a couple nearby fire stations, arriving to comfort Ms. Conley and the other motorist who escaped on his own.
“Very quickly you can have a flash flood be it by something man made or naturally and that was basically the case out here yesterday,” said Captain Tom Burrell with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue.
He said heavy rain pushed twigs, branches and debris from a trashcan into the drain, leading to the flash flood.
Which a day later meant a flood of gratitude from Tennille Conley towards the man who pulled her to safety and responding firefighters who comforted her.
“Anything could have happened went wrong yesterday and for them to rescue me I really appreciate that because I do have a little one to get home to,” said Conley.
“You're her hero for sure! Hey God is good. I give the credit to God,” said Johnson.
Conley said her car has been totaled because of the water damage but she said it's better than the alternative.
After comforting Conley and the other motorist, firefighters proceeded to clear the drain of the debris which caused the flash flood.