PERRYTON, Texas (KVII) — A driver had to be rescued after swift water carried his truck away during flash flooding.
According to Perryton Fire EMS, the driver "encountered approximately 6-inches of water" around 1:30 a.m. on FM 2711 at County Road L.
The water caused his truck to hydroplane.
Swift water then carried his truck 80-feet from the road into 3-feet of water.
Perryton Fire EMS and a Texas Game Warden was able to get him out of the truck and back to dry ground.
According to the National Weather Service, flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities in the U.S.
On average, flooding claims nearly 90 lives each year. More than half of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
"This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving," said NWS.
Any time you come to a flooded road, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don’t Drown.