The first temptation of watching someone caught up in the ravages of storm water is to jump in and save the day. This is not the right way to go about saving someone from flood waters. Raging flood waters tend to have a very strong current that will most likely pull you along with it well before you even get close to saving the life of another. Jumping in blindly just means that there are now two people for somebody else to rescue.
Look all around for something that floats that you can toss to the person caught up in the flood waters. A life preserver would be really nice, but is not practical in most cases. You’ll have to make do with what you’ve got and there is simply no telling where you will be when the situation arises. Keep a cool head and look to see if there is anything-anything at all-that meets the only two requirements you’ve got: it floats well enough to keep the flood victim’s head above the water, but light enough that you can toss it out as close to the victim as possible.
Rather than jumping into the water and trying to rescue the other person while making sure you don’t get carried along with the water yourself, look for a rope or rope-like material. Next, you should look for a solid object around which you can tie the rope so that it is anchored and won’t move. The rope needs to be sturdy enough that it won’t fray and break. Look for a tree as your anchor and any rope you can find as your rope. Tie the flotation device that you found to the end of the rope and toss as accurately as Dan Marino used on 3rd and 21 with just 15 seconds left in the game.
Another ideas to rescue a flood victim does involve hitting the water, but not by jumping in. If you can get your hands on a canoe or row boat (if a sporting goods store is nearby or if the neighborhood is close enough to the source of the flooding waters to make you consider that some house somewhere in close range is home to boat), then you hop into a try rowing yourself to the person to be saved. If the water is deep enough, a motorboat is far more effective than a rowboat or canoe. Beggars can’t be choosers, however, and it’s likely you get your hands on a human powered boat easier than a machine powered boat.
The last resort of those wishing to save someone from flood waters is still not to jump in after them. Instead, head for the nearest phone and call for emergency assistance. With enough forewarning, the emergency team can set up a drag line over the water that the person can snag and hold onto while rescue operations are set in place.