Woman Protects Best Friend From Devastating Floods Using Plastic Container


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Sandy, Chloe Adams’ childhood dog, and she had just a few minutes to find out how to escape the advancing floodwaters. They would have to swim from their home to a neighbor’s rooftop in order to reach safety.

Her older dog couldn’t swim since the water was chilly and had a little current.

Credit: TERRY ADAMS

According to Adams, “I was more concerned [about] losing her in the sea than I was about myself.” I needed to discover a way to securely float her through the water.

Adams tried to float on Sandy’s bed but it sank as the flood waters rose swiftly. She then seized a plastic bag large enough for Sandy to fit in, but even that started to sink.

To keep Sandy afloat while she swam through floodwaters to the closest rooftop, where she could pull herself and Sandy out of the water, she eventually discovered a couch cushion and stuffed it below the container.

Her father’s blog entry about her rescue is available here:

Adams and Sandy spent the next five hours stuck on the rooftop — in the cold rain and still-rising floods — waiting to be rescued.

“I held Sandy in my lap the entire time and put the plastic container over her to keep the rain off of her,” Adams said.

Credit: TERRY ADAMS

Adams’ uncle eventually used his kayak to rescue the two survivors. At Adams’ grandmother’s house, they are now secure while they recuperate from the horrible event. However, they are overjoyed to be together.

Adams remarked, “When going through anything difficult, we console each other.” “She rests her head on my lap knowing I’m in pain, and I [am] there to comfort her and tell her it’s OK.”


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