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Mother Swept Away by Flood Waters Calls Kids To Say Goodbye, Then Stranger Grabs Her Hand

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Some weather is harmless, but when it comes to weather that’s wet, you never know when the rain will turn into a flood.

It seems that autumn is the time of year when we always hear heartbreaking stories about families affected by floodwaters.

It can happen in the blink of an eye. One minute you’re driving in the rain and the next, your vehicle is swept off the road.

A woman from Blairs, Virginia, nearly lost her life when she was driving to work on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 11.

“I called my husband and my kids to tell them goodbye and that I loved them,” Kim Drawdy told WSET ABC 13. “I hit a wall of water and immediately started floating towards the riverbank.”

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Drawdy recalled how terrifying it was when over 30 feet of water took control of her vehicle. When she tried to save herself, the car flipped over.

She was able to get free and struggled in the water for 20 minutes, battling exhaustion and debris, before help arrived. That’s when a man named Billy Wilson came to Drawdy’s rescue.

“I fell into his arms and started bawling like a baby because he just saved my life,” Drawdy told WSET.

According to Drawdy, Wilson also attempted to help another woman named Jennifer Mitchell who had been caught up in the floodwaters.

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Sadly, Mitchell didn’t make it and Drawdy said that Wilson “dropped to his knees … heartbroken because he was not able to get to her.”

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Now Drawdy wants to repay Wilson for his selfless act. She’s started a GoFundMe page for the man who risked his life to save a stranger.

“I’m trying to help him get straight after the storm the best way I can,” Drawdy wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for all who donate… every little bit will help. This young man and his little girl.”

The goal is set at $2,000. As of Thursday morning, $130 has been raised. Bless both their hearts — Wilson for his kindness and Drawdy for her gratitude.

To all those who live in flood-prone areas, stay alert and stay safe. Thankfully, Drawdy’s story has a happy ending, and there is no doubt her husband and children are grateful for the kind man who saved their loved one.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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