A car is submerged in the Flower Creek after flood water washed away Hancock Road in Montague. (January 30, 2013)
MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon County Sheriff's Department has released recordings of six 911 calls placed early Wednesday morning, after a car plunged 20 feet into a rushing creek.
Driver Kyle Cloutier and passenger Nikoli Wallace were riding in a Chrysler 300 around 3:30 a.m. when Hancock Road washed out beneath them. Heavy rainfall and snow melt caused flash flooding in the Flower Creek and the high water carved a massive pit in the roadway.
Cloutier and Wallace escaped from the vehicle, which flipped upside down and filled with frigid water. They climbed on an exposed culvert and were able to call 911 because Wallace had a waterproof case on his iPhone. Because of poor cell phone service, Wallace had to make multiple 911 calls.
Click on the video above to hear the unedited calls.