Cleveland, Tarkington firefighters rescue man stranded in floodwaters

Cleveland and Tarkington firefighters saved a man from rising water along CR 388 Sunday.

A 70-year-old man had to be rescued by firefighters Sunday afternoon after his truck was washed from the roadway on CR 388, also known as Low Water Bridge Road. 

According to Cleveland Fire Chief Sean Anderson, the road was covered by more than three feet of water. 

It was a joint effort by Cleveland and Tarkington firefighters to save a man stranded in rising water Sunday afternoon on Low Water Bridge Road, also known as CR 388. 

“His truck become buoyant and was pushed off the roadway due to the fast-moving water through the area,” the chief said. 

Cleveland Fire Rescue Boat 42 and Tarkington VFD’s High Water Vehicle Booster 53 worked together to remove the man from atop his vehicle. 

He was transported to an awaiting Liberty County EMS ambulance for medical evaluation. 

“Liberty County Pct. 3 was contacted to set up barriers to stop other motorists from driving through the area. The rivers are not expected to crest until tomorrow (Monday),” Anderson said. “So this road, as well as FM 1725, and the river bridge at SH 105 West or West Southline will be monitored closely for any further rise in water levels.” 

By Vanesa Brashier,

Photos courtesy of Tarkington Fire Chief Paul Gregory

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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