Driver recalls water rescue along South Pine Avenue

WARREN – Antuan Miller said he didn’t realize how high the water was at the South Pine Avenue and Burton Street intersection early Wednesday morning when he tried to drive through it.

Miller, 27, of Warren, was forced to abandon his car after city fire crews rescued him from high waters about 2:30 a.m. His brother, Ryan Daniels, also of Warren, had been following Miller in his own car and also got stuck.

“In all of my 27 years I’ve never seen the water get that high and get that high so fast,” Miller said. “I’ve lived in Warren all my life, and you get used to seeing the water and the streets flooding some, but not like that.”

Both men were forced to climb out of and onto the roofs of their vehicles.

The men retrieved their cars later in the day.

“It was crazy at first until the water finally stopped coming. The water started intruding the car. I had to get out,” Miller said.

He said the water was so deep the vehicles could not be towed at the time.

Firefighters reported that when they arrived, they found the two men trapped and standing on top of their cars.

Emergency crews brought in a boat to rescue them. No one was hurt.

Numerous calls about flooded yards and basements and cars stuck on streets in high water were reported throughout Howland, Niles and Warren on Tuesday after a fast-hitting, severe thunderstorm blanketed the area. The afternoon storm renewed flooding, downed trees and wires and wreaked havoc again on areas still trying to dry out from floods two weeks ago.

Severe flooding left standing water along the Tibbetts Wick Road area in Girard.

Almost 2 inches of rain were dumped on the heaviest-hit areas in less than a half hour, WYTV 33 News meteorologist Paul Wetzel said. Doppler radar showed the hardest-hit areas were southeast of Warren, including much of Niles.

Crews were called July 11 to rescue two area men – one trapped on a small boat and the other clinging to a tree – as the fast-moving flood currents of the Mahoning River behind Packard Park overflowed around them.