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Rescuers cut through roof of Coach's to save owners trapped by rising waters

Posted July 27, 2017 2:42 p.m. EDT

— Storms that dumped several inches of rain on portions of the Kansas City area turned scary for two people after floodwaters briefly trapped them in the bar they own.

As co-owner of Coach's Bar & Grill in Kansas City, Brian Darby says he began sending out goodbye texts to his family when Indian Creek floodwaters crashed through the business' wall early Thursday. The two jumped onto the bar and then onto equipment for safety, as the water rose above the bar.

"We were scared in there. I've never been in something like that," Darby said. "I'm sorry I put my friends and family through that ... We were trying to save property."

Firefighters later rescued them just before 8 a.m. They used a boat to get to the restaurant, climbed a ladder to the top of the building, and cut a hole in the roof to get to the two people waiting in the ceiling.

Darby says the restaurant, located at 103rd Street and Wornall Road, is a complete loss.

Darby's sisters said they got a text message from their brother that said, "Call 911."

Chris Carle, another co-owner, was crying when she saw her family waiting for her.

"It just happened so quickly," she said. "The front walls caved in and just water gushed in on us and it was like 'woah.' It was pretty quick."

Coach's wasn't the only business affected. At China King, the pressure of the water shattered the glass and it flooded.