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Waco RV Park flood survivor recounts rescue, difficult road home

Heather McDonald
Posted at 9:26 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 12:54:24-04

MCLENNAN COUNTY, TX — A McLennan County woman, who battles health problems, survived Wednesday's potentially deadly flood at the Waco RV Park.

The ordeal she describes sounds like something right out of an action movie.

To hear Heather McDonald's life story, and how she got through the flood, you'd have to call her a "survivor."

Wednesday's heavy rain flooded a creek, sending rising water across her campsite.

She says McLennan County sheriff's deputies and rescue crews arrived quickly.

"Cops and ambulances brought clothes, a boat over and got us, me out and got several other people out," McDonald said.

Unable to get around on her own, she says, she feared for her life.

"When you're in a wheelchair and you can't fend for yourself, it's scary, big time," she said.

The water kept rising, higher and more swiftly, and she says the rescue crews worked miracles to keep everyone safe.

A local charity gave her a voucher for a hotel room for the night, but she woke up to discover another problem the next day... getting back to the RV park and her belongings.

"I had to go all the way up to Walmart from the hotel to get home. I literally, I had my ex-husband get me home. That's like two miles in the wheelchair," said McDonald.

Two miles later though, she made it back... and barely any water got into her RV.

"Is my RV still usable? Still usable,” she smiled.

She lost a refrigerator worth of food, but she can still snuggle with her kittens once again.