Acts of Kindness
Weather reporter hears screams and turns to find woman trapped in flooded car
Respect to all our first responders and good samaritans,
Ma Fatima Garcia
08.30.22

Have you noticed that lately, our weather has been unpredictable?

We have extreme heat, then, out of nowhere, heavy rains would pour, causing flash floods. Sadly, this is not just happening in our country, but in the entire world.

Just last week, Fox Weather reporter Robert Ray rescued a woman who was trapped in her car.

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It was Monday night, and out of nowhere, heavy rains started pouring, and soon, the water level rose.

People panicked and wanted to go home after realizing that flash floods were happening.

Some people would think, that after long days of high temperature and drought, the rain would just evaporate, but according to Robert Ray, that’s not the case.

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This flood water would rise and would affect everyone.

Unfortunately, by the time the water started rising, many people were still outside.

Fox Reporter Robert Ray was on the scene, setting up for a live report. Then he noticed something.

YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC
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YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC

He saw a vehicle that was stranded.

While there were other cars on the scene, this vehicle was moving. After investigating, Ray heard screams.

He rushed to the car and saw that the passenger window was down and there, he met Stephanie Carol.

YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC
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YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC

The woman told Ray that she had lost control of her car. At that time, she was so scared and he told the weather reporter that she didn’t want to die.

Ray tried to push the car to high ground, but it didn’t work.

Carol was getting more stressed out since the water was getting higher.

YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC
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YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC

He assured Carol that she will be safe, and they created a plan.

“Listen to me; you’re going to be okay. If I open this door, water is going to rush in and there will be issues. So, I need you to come over here and climb out. I’m going to pick you, I’m going to carry you,” Ray told Carol.

For a moment, Carol hesitated.

YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC
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YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC

She was so afraid of the flood water, but she trusted Ray, so she climbed out and held her phone.

Ray picked her up and carried her to safety.

Now, people were commending Ray for his heroism, but in his interview, he wanted everyone to know that he did what he could and that the real heroes were the first responders.

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YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC

“The first responders, fire, police, EMS, are the real heroes, as they did the same thing yesterday all over Dallas, rescuing well over 200 people,” Ray said to Fox 5.

He wanted everyone to see that while he was able to rescue one, other responders rescued hundreds.

That is something he wanted to share.

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YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC

Ray also explained what happened and why flash floods are everywhere. He clarified it is not because of a failed city design, but the extreme weather has significant effects on all of us.

The video garnered different reactions. Some people commended the good samaritans while it displeased others.

According to some commenters, the water was below two feet and the woman could have easily walked away.

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YouTube Screenshot / FOX 5 Washington DC

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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