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Nelson County family rescued from high water surrounding home

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COXS CREEK, Ky. (WDRB) – Crews in Nelson County rescued a family that was trapped by high water on Wednesday morning.

Amanda Allison says she and her husband were inside of their detached garage on Whitesides Road just after midnight, when it started raining heavily.

“Within 15 minutes, we were standing in water in the garage,” Allison said. “Just rushing all around us, blowing doors off the hinges, pushing four-wheelers and pool tables around. It was terrifying.”

As Allison and her husband held on for dear life, they worried about their four children sleeping inside of their home, which was quickly surrounded by fast-moving water.

Officials estimate the water was three to four feet deep in spots.

“I prayed to God, I begged him, make my babies safe and I won’t complain about anything,” Allison said.

Amanda's husband, Chuck, called 911 and asked for a water rescue. 

"We're flooded, we're trapped. Our kids are in the house, we're in the garage," he told the dispatcher. 

Later in the call he says, "Oh, please hurry. It's getting almost to my floor level in my house." 

Crews entered the home to rescue the children.

“He was like ‘kids get up, kids get up,” said 12-year-old, Hailey Husband. “There was just water everywhere. We ran down the deck and jumped down the ledge into an officer’s arm.”

The rescue took about an hour. No one was hurt.

While there’s no interior damage to Allison’s home, water left the family’s four trucks immobile. Their yard and garage are a mess, and their pool was washed away.

“We’re looking at several thousand dollars to try to repair everything, but my family’s safe, so I’m thankful,” said Allison. “It could’ve been so, so much worse.”

Around the same time Wednesday, crews were called to another home on the same street for a family trapped by high water. That family escaped before help arrived.

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