Search crews: Flooded car located but children still missing
Watch live as rescue crews provide an update on the search for two children who were swept away in their mother's car in floodwaters in Smithfield.
questions? No, sir. I can't really say it. I don't know. A hindering on your guys Start started. Has the ball been kind of a hindrance on the search this car? Not not the search were doing No. It would just hinder the helicopter. That is correct. That is correct. To total mother swept off the road. Yes, sir. What has been, um, first, Initially, it was the water current. And in the dark, that was the biggest challenge. Today we're just getting in there, fighting the water, receding right now. That's basically it. And understand the sheriff's office is handling the search today. Fire department. We've responded last night. We turn it over to sheriff's office today and they'll be handling that part. Basically, it's about a half a mile circumference. I don't have any information on that. Yes, our shoes taken to the hospital. It is a normal creek. Uh, you know, I don't know. I can find out, but I do not know. So just to be clear, you guys were able to get the mother one child into the boat, and then the other child was still in the vehicle. And then we're unsure whether the child was? Yeah. Yes, sir. Are all boats capsized? Yes, sir. They were rescued. They were rescued, sir. Uh, partially. They Someone walked out. Some were able to be pulled out of the rocks. Some were rescued by other boats. Not as of yet. No, sir. Any of the first responders injured anybody? Yes. We recovered all the first spotters. Yes. So I guess to be more specific us, through the timeline of votes entered the water. I do not know all that. Yeah. I do not have that timeline that could be released later. No, sir. 23 29 which was about 11. 30. Yes, sir. I have no idea. I do not know. And just talk about the emotional toll this is taking on all the first responders. Well, this is it. This is a lot. Yes, ma'am, it is. You know, these guys take their job very seriously, professionals. And any time something like this is very stressful was just pray for them. Keep them in our prayers to know, sir. Right now. Still search? Yes, sir. Anything you're asking the public. Maybe stay out of the area. Anything? Yeah, we've got the road blocked. The sheriff's office got it blocked at both ends, only letting important personnel or medical personnel through. Sir. Yes, sir. That create normally stays low. But due to the mantle rain, it was a flash flood. It came up very hot. And as the water is receding, the rivers coming up. So it's kind of stabilising right now in terms of the area downstream. How far down the creek is best? I understand, is no more than half half amount. So it feeds right into this river. And I've seen the news is high right now. And yes, sir John Joh in? Yes, sir. Absolutely. We had we had a lot of mutual aid. The Sheriff's Office. Emergency Management. We have Kevin Humber here with the emergency management. The just county amiss was here Is Will weigh had multiple agencies within the county. We've also had Wayne County Sheriff's Office here. They'll be assistant just kinda sheriff today, so I don't have all that information. I can't confirm it. Did the water skis for off the road or was that sinkhole were washed out? I can't make that determination right now, sir. No, sir. Was it kind of backed up? Those four swept away four votes. Yes, man. I mean, that's intense. Current talk about that. So obviously, our guys are very professional, had operate the boats, But because of the current extreme current, it was a struggle to keep to keep him upright, especially into debris. They were in on the boat through lawful status with water time. Both where they both Right now, they were also floor votes. It's not really unusual, but it's unusual to lose that. Meaning, um, talk about why it's unusual, that many This is kind of, um the amount of water and the current. The unit was so strong there is, You know, it overcomes you when you when you start to turn a boat in your ended breed trees and such. And so they were fighting against that as well. And so when it would hit a tree, you know, slip over basically. And so that was the conditions they were in last night. This is Galilee Road. Yes, sir. Do you have any other questions? Yes, sir. Yeah. You have a great day. Every Yeah, I guess way would definitely send it out as things develop. But right now, like I said, it's not really changed, assumes the fog lifts and were able to get in there a little bit better with helicopters.