Texas man uses social media to rescue brother trapped in North Carolina flooding
AUSTIN, TX — On Saturday, Craig Williams of Austin, Texas, learned his brother’s house in Cumberland County, North Carolina, was filling with water and his brother, Chris Williams, was stuck in the attic with his dog.
Craig Williams said, “There was water just pouring into his house, and so my parents get this text from him, and I think he literally said like ‘I’m almost drowning.”
Craig tried to call emergency service to help Chris, but he couldn’t get through.
While looking on Twitter for updates on the flood, Craig found a photo posted from drone video of flooded homes and decided to send it his brother to lighten his mood.
He posted the photo to Facebook saying, “At least you’re not this guy.” He was shocked when Chris told him, the photo was of his flooded house.
That’s when Craig got the idea to contact the man who shot the drone video. Once he got a hold of the man, he was able to flag down a FEMA rescue crew to help Chris.
Chris was in shock, “He told me he was getting a guy with a drone to bring a boat, and I’m kind of like is he messing with me right now? I was kind of in disbelief, but it worked and there was a drone hovering right in front of me.”
And when he was finally rescue, “My physical reaction when I got on to dry land with my dog, it was really similar to some stuff I had when deployed.”
Both brothers say they’re thankful for social media, a kind stranger and each other.