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DeShaunta Bullock Reports

Family Survives Flash Flood Accident

Micah Curtis holds his daughter, Phylisha, following an early morning crash into a Sharp County runoff on Tuesday. (KAIT/D.Westerhold) Micah Curtis holds his daughter, Phylisha, following an early morning crash into a Sharp County runoff on Tuesday. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)
The Curtis' family car flipped over in a Sharp County runoff on Tuesday morning. (KAIT/D.Westerhold) The Curtis' family car flipped over in a Sharp County runoff on Tuesday morning. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)

September 2, 2003 - Posted at: 7:25 p.m. CDT

SHARP COUNTY, Ark. -- A family is lucky to be alive Tuesday following early morning flash flooding in Sharp County.

Early morning rains in Sharp County dumped over half a foot of rainfall in a short period of time. Flash flooding forced the Micah Curtis family's car tumbling nearly 150 feet into a runoff not far from their home near Hardy.

The family of three was head first underwater, their car lying on its roof. Micah Curtis was pinned, and his daughter Phylisha trapped in her car-seat, not answering.

"We were upside down," Micah Curtis said. "Quite a bit of a time I stayed gargling. I told my wife, I said: 'I love y'all.'"

"I don't know how any of us made it because we were all underwater," said his wife, Misty.

"My first thought was getting my daughter out because I knew my wife was talking, but my daughter didn't answer," Micah Curtis said.

Phylisha Curtis was trapped in the upside down car still fastened to her car-seat, holding her breath underwater.

"I was searching, but I couldn't do it," Misty Curtis said. "(Then) I felt her head."

The family was freed from their vehicle by a friend, Chris Baskin, who witnessed the accident.

There was a time that Micah Curtis thought he could no longer go on.

"I got tired of breathing because I couldn't breath no more," he said. "Water was coming in, my family, my daughter, and my wife was the only thing that got me out.

"If it wasn't for my family and God I wouldn't be here," he added.

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