City worker rescues a mother and her children from car submerged in flooded streets

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 2:19 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A worker with the City of Toledo rescued a woman and her children from her car submerged in water during Monday’s flooding from a water main break. The young mother’s car was totaled and a GoFundMe page has been created to help her with expenses.

Megan Terry, 29, said it was a scary situation that could’ve ended up worse. Terry was taking her kids to school when her car got stuck in a sinkhole during the water main break on Galena that flooded streets, damaged homes, and put residents under a 48 hour water boil advisory.

“So I thought it was safe to turn left and follow them,” Terry exclusively told 13abc. “Well the front and back passenger tire both just sank right into the sink hole.”

She called 911, got out, and grabbed her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

“It was hard trying to get him {Terry’s son} to walk through the rushing water, Terry said. “He was afraid he was going to fall or be swept away. So they were clinging to me for dear life as Duane was pulling up to pick us up.”

A good Samaritan came to help.

“He pulled up in his truck, he said ‘hurry. Come on get in here. I’m going to take you to safety you’re OK you’re OK.’ Thank God for him. He’s so amazing. He acted so quickly,” Terry said.

Duane Ashley with City of Toledo Water Distribution rescued Terry and her kids and drove them home.

“She was able to get into my truck,” Ashley said. “Her and her two children, and I try to be of common influence to them because the son was crying upset afraid because the car was in the hole and it was moving.”

Terry’s car was totaled, along with all of the equipment she had in her car at the time for her dog grooming business. You can find a link to the GoFundMe to help her with expenses here.

Galena St. flooded.
Galena St. flooded.(WTVG)
A GoFundMe was set up after Terry's car was totaled after getting stuck in a sink hole on...
A GoFundMe was set up after Terry's car was totaled after getting stuck in a sink hole on Galena Street after a water main break.(Megan Terry)

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