Just a note: We are on vacation for the next two weeks, so my time available for commenting on blogs and responding to emails will be limited. 

Thanks for your patience.  

I consider myself to be a planner. 

I try to anticipate various sorts of inconveniences and emergencies that can happen at home or on the road, so they will have less of an impact on our family.. 

Unfortunately, we cannot prepare for everything that happens in life.  Sometimes survival can hinge upon our ingenuity--displaying grace under pressure.

Marc and Stacy McNeil recently offered a powerful display of survival planning under duress.

Camping with others near the banks of the Caddo and Little Missouri Rivers last Thursday night, the normal peaceful rivers were measured at 11 pm by governmental water gauges at a depth of three feet.

By 5:30 am the next morning, the same measuring devices were in a raging water flow and recorded the depth at 23 feet.

The rivers had risen 20 feet in a few short hours.

An Arkansas State Trooper noticed the rising water at 3 am and notified county authorities.  

Understandably, the campgrounds had transformed into chaotic scene.  Roads were flooded.  Finding higher ground in the darkness and the dense forest was impossible.

The McNeil's took action:

 ...Marc and Stacy McNeil of Marshall, Texas, survived by pulling their pickup truck between two trees and standing in the bed in waist-deep water.

"It was just like a boat tied to a tree," Marc McNeil said, describing how the truck bobbed up and down.

They were on their first night of camping with a group of seven, staying in tents. The rain kept falling, and the water kept rising throughout the night, at one point topping the tool box in the back of the truck...
Finding two sturdy trees to anchor your truck between while water floods past you is brilliant.

My prayers are with all of the families who lost loved ones; including the relatives of seven-year old Kylee Sullivan who was one of the 19 persons that perished in the disaster.


LadyFi said...

What a terrible tragedy for all those who lost loved ones.

And how ingenious to anchor the truck between the trees.

Finally - have a great time at the beach!

tattytiara said...

Yep. We ain't fast enough to outrun trouble or tough enough to fight it, but as long as our species can out think it we'll keep going.

Amber said...

How amazing that they were saved that way. Praise God!

Eternally Distracted said...

i hope that you are having a fab vacation.

gladwellmusau said...

My heart goes out to the hurting. In Poland...we also had very severe flooding and loss of lives as well.


Audrey Allure said...

That is some great quick thinking.

Hope you have a great vacation!

Bob G. said...

Necessity is ALWAYS the mother of invention (the more urgent, the more inventive).

Condolences to those that lost loved ones in the floods.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
I like what tattytiara and Bob say, as well as many others:

we can think, thank heavens, and use it to make the best of trouble.

And, my condolences to all who have suffered in this tragedy.

Ann T.

obladi oblada said...

Good survival instincts there. Im so sorry for all those who have lost loved ones in that flood, what a tragedy.

Helen Ginger said...

What a story! That was a brilliant move. I've been hearing on the news about that flood. Very glad to hear one with a happy ending.

Kristen @ Motherese said...

Have a great trip, Slam! I hope it's a happy and safe one for you and your family.

theycallmejane said...

Such a sad, sad tragedy. My heart goes out to all who have suffered, survived and/or lost someone they loved. (On a much lighter note, Hope you're having fun on your vacation!)

Kimi said...

Thanks for sharing Slam Dunk. Smart thinking on behalf of the individual. I'm sure in dire situations quick thinking is essential, yet in most cases some people just panic and freeze. My prayers and thoughts also go to the families who lost loved ones in the flooded areas in that region and others. I've learned to prepare myself or have a kit in case of emergencies stored in the car, 'cause I never know what might happen. Hope you have a restful vacation! I'm sure it's needed : ).

terri said...

That's a perfect display of grace under pressure. How awful that there were others who couldn't find safety.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

My husband has started a emergency kit for us so every week at the grocery store he buys a couple more canned goods...guess I better start liking mushrooms because that's what he always comes home with-yuck!

Sandra said...

What a sad tragedy. To think that even a few hours later and a number of lives might have been saved by daylight. The families are in my thoughts.

Here in BC we had a landslide just outside of Oliver (in the desert/wine country of our interior). It happened in the middle of the day and the noise was so huge it served as a warning and everyone was able to scramble to safety. If it had been the middle of the night there would have been loss of life as the slide took several homes.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Goodness, I hadn't heard this aspect of it. I could only hope that I would be that savvy come a disaster (knock on wood). Thoughts with the victims :( Also- I hope you're having fun on vacation!

LisaF said...

This story hit about a week after my youngest (22) got back from a float/camping trip. I worried about this happening the entire time she was gone. The people that thought of this idea will probably save many lives in the future.

jodeeluna said...

This is another amazing story and you amaze me...on vacation and still coming up with such quality. How do you do it?