ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- A mother trapped inside her car with her two children in Albertville this morning tells WAAY31 she hydroplaned off the road and ended up in dangerous flood waters. The car was trapped around 7 AM on Wednesday morning on Glover Street. Within minutes, police and fire crews were there to help the mother along with her 1-year old and 4-year old. It's something Albertville firefighter Luke Lathan never expected.
"Ive never seen anything like it in Albertville before, I mean we live on top of a mountain so we usually don't have to deal with that amount of water in one place and one time," Lathan said.
Lathan tells WAAY31 when he got to the scene, Albertville Police worked with Fire and Rescue to force a car door open, where the mother and two children were able to escape. The mother explained she was driving her children to school when the car hydroplanned into the flooded street. She says the doors and windows would not open and the car is now completely totaled. Joannie Saint lives a few blocks from the street and says she's seen it flood before.
"If you get trapped when it is high you are in trouble," Saint said.
Lathan wants people to know it's easy to find yourself in a dangerous situation.
"It doesn't take a lot of water at all to actually move a vehicle off of the road and put you in a bad situation so just stop and turn it around," Lathan said.