Omaha flash flooding – Moment floodwater rises to neck level in elevator as group is trapped inside

FLASH flooding in Omaha, Nebraska led to a nightmare situation for one man and his friends who got trapped inside a water-filled elevator. 

Tony Luu of Nebraska posted a video on Instagram of himself and some companions standing up to their necks in water inside an elevator due to floodwaters in the city. 

Luu and his two friends wanted to see what was happening with the flooding outside his apartment on Saturday night, so they got into a building elevator and pressed down, KCCI reported.

They got into the elevator around 10pm, according to ABC13, and the situation quickly took a turn for the worse. 

"Water started coming in through the vents and then I just thought it was going to come up to my ankles," Luu told KCCI.

He told ABC13, “Once it got to my stomach, we kind of figured, 'Ok, this is real.'"

Luu then called 911 and his roommates for help.

"I was like, 'Hey, you need to come down. I could be dying right now," he said.

In a video of the incident, his friend was recorded saying, "OK, can you please just hurry?" 

Luu told KCCI before first responders could even make it to the location, his roommates on one side of the elevator worked with him inside to open the door. 

At that point, he was standing on the elevator's railing.

"Once I got down to try and open the door then it was up to my neck, yeah, it got pretty high," he said. 

“We just got it open and started swimming out and once I got out I just couldn't believe like wow this is something you see in a movie."

No one in the elevator was hurt in the terrifying incident. 

ABC13 reported that about 3 to 5 inches of rain fell in Omaha on Saturday, according to meteorologists. 

One other rescue was reported after two people became stranded on the roof of their car as the floodwaters rose, the outlet noted.


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