Jerry Lyons made the mistake of trying to drive through a barricaded and flooded Saltillo Road Sunday morning. His car stalled, the water rose, and the current picked up. His mistake left him trapped for four hours in three feet of water.
Rescue workers could not get close to him easily. They tried several different plans to save Lyons. Those plans included trying to get a Blackhawk from the military.
Eventually, they used a State Patrol helicopter to fly four Lincoln Dive and Rescue officers to land closer to Lyons. From there, they could walk out, get him, and fly him to dry land.
Southwest Rural Fire Chief David West says you should never try to drive on a flooded road. West says the water can raise quickly and your car can be swept away by the current.