By floating with them through the rushing floodwaters in eastern Kentucky, a Good Samaritan saved a 98-year-old woman and her family who were stranded inside their house.
Randy Polly was traveling to the gas station on Thursday morning when he got trapped on a stretch of dry land in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
A few hours later, he stood back and watched a guy rescue an elderly woman and others trapped in a house as the water continued to rise.
Polly told CNN that he could hear people shouting, “Get me help, get me assistance!” across the flooded road. Polly dialed 911, but he claims that emergency services were swamped and unresponsive to his calls.
He saw someone he characterized as a “hero” swim over to the residence and begin hammering on a door and window around 9 a.m.
Polly estimated that it took roughly 30 minutes from start to finish for the man to enter the house through the window and assist each of the three family members in leaving securely.
A member of the rescued family, Missy Crovetti, informed CNN that her grandmother, uncle, and brother are all unharmed. She said her grandmother and uncle are recuperating in the hospital.
Crovetti and Polly both stated that they did not know the identity of the man who rescued their family.