Thanks to a concerned neighbor and the dedicated North Miami Beach police officers, a mother and her 4-month-old daughter were rescued from their home, which was inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Irma. Authorities believe they would have drowned if they remained inside their house during the rest of the storm.
North Miami Beach Police deployed a special Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected military vehicle in response to an emergency call they received about a mother and her baby trapped in their flooded home, located along the 2200 block of Northeast 137th Street, during Hurricane Irma.
The call was made at 4:30 p.m. by a man next door, who was concerned about the family’s safety when floodwaters began rising rapidly on Sunday afternoon.
The police successfully rescued the panic-stricken mother and her baby daughter out of their floodwater-filled North Miami Beach home.
“They found them in waist high water, standing there in a panic,” Richard Rand, incident commander of the North Dade Emergency Operations Center, told ABC News. “The mom handed the child to the officer, an officer grabbed the mother and got them both to safety.”
A photo of an officer holding the baby in his arms, with the caption: “NMBPD utilized its armored personnel carrier to rescue a mother and her four month old child from her flooded home.”
The mother and baby were later transported to the North Miami Beach Senior High School, which is serving as a hurricane shelter, where they will wait out the storm.
“These officers, once they rescued this lady and this child, they were right back out there doing their job without blinking an eye,” Rand said.
Fortunately, this mother and her baby have a great neighbor, whose phone call helped save their lives. And, not to mention a fantastic job these brave officers are doing, who are out there saving lives in the midst of all this.