Dramatic flood water rescue caught on camera

Posted at 10:32 PM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-12 08:48:16-04

Brian Gilmore handles trouble everyday as the manager of I-45 Tire & Wrecker Service in Corsicana, but nothing quite like what happened Sunday night.

Inches of rain in just a few short hours Sunday created flooding in Corsicana, causing Gilmore and his staff to be on call for hours, helping several people get out of the floodwaters.

About 2:30 a.m., Gilmore and one of his coworkers were driving around and ended up on Business 45 and Business 287.

"A lady came up to us and said there's a guy clinging to a telephone pole there and you know, we didn't think. We just pulled up there and jumped out without hesitation," said Gilmore.

He and his coworker set up their truck and Gilmore started pulling cable toward the man, fighting the waters, and all of it was caught on camera by a bystander

As Gilmore approached the man, he could barely see his head, and then he lost footing on solid ground. 

"I was basically just holding the cable and kicking my feet," said Gilmore. "But I was too close to stop by then. I was going to get him."

Gilmore says the man clinging to the telephone pole reached out to him as he approached and they started fighting the water to make it back to safety, all while his coworker was working to reel the cable that they were holding on to back in.

"Adrenaline was running so high that once I grabbed him, he didn't feel like he weighed anything. I jerked him up to the cable and started heading out," Gilmore said. "I would do it again. It's just a reaction. He was out there. I could see him struggling. You don't have time to question. You just react and go. You're going to do whatever you can to save him."