Driver rescued by firefighters just after making an attempt to generate via underpass that continually floods

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Baton Rouge firefighters rescued a person soon after they obtained stuck seeking to travel through a flooded underpass.

It transpired above the weekend on Chippewa Street close to Exxon.

It’s one of the standard problem places that usually requires on water in Baton Rouge. Like alongside Bluebonnet Boulevard, where by anyone died all through flash flooding back again in May perhaps of 2021.

If you travel up to the Chippewa Underpass during or suitable right after a hefty rain, possibilities are you are going to see ‘road closed’ and ‘high water’ signs, blocking you from passing via.

“It’s consistent, it is continual. Each individual time it rains, you know, just a further detail,” reported Jake Spears, proprietor of J&S Tire & Solutions.

Spears has owned his tire store proper upcoming to the underpass for 13 yrs now.

“Every time it rain, it floods out up underneath that underpass there. And cars go down there, and they have to rescue them out of there,” stated Spears.

In fact, you could see a truck floating in the high-drinking water Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s awful. And they have to have to do a thing about it,” mentioned Spears.

The Baton Rouge Fireplace Department had to rescue anyone from the roof of their truck this earlier weekend.

“They tried to extend the ladder truck to get the individual back again. Weren’t capable to do that. So they went forward and inflated a 5 inch section of hose and have been in a position to float that out there, alongside with a firefighter and one more flotation system to get the motorist back again,” claimed Justin Hill with the Baton Rouge Fire Division.

Luckily, the person was not injured.

Their truck, even so, properly that’s a various story.

“It’s mad. No they shouldn’t consider a chance like that, no. Lord have mercy,” explained just one driver.

“They will need to resolve this concern, sure,” mentioned a further driver.

The underpass is owned by the state.

A spokesperson with DOTD tells WAFB, there are no ideas in the works to repair the ongoing flooding problems at the locale nonetheless.

“It can come about anywhere if you have a big amount of water coming down at one time. And if there’s standing water and you don’t know how deep it is, it’s very best to locate an alternate route,” mentioned Hill.

And who understands what was in that h2o. The truck may now will need some new tires from Mr. Spears, who says he’s always there to help.

“I’ll resolve him up. I assurance all my patches, if I deal with a flat for you and it goes down, I’ll take care of it in excess of. But, not for the similar gap. It is bought to be a different nail,” claimed Spears.

BRFD credits lots of instruction, which permitted them to make this rescue Saturday.

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