Kansas City teens dive into flash flood waters to help save trapped drivers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As an underpass at Askew and Truman flooded Friday night, three teens braved the water to save trapped drivers.

Those boys -- Matthew and Michael Rich and JJ Tijerina – waded, walked, and swam, through the current to save several drivers trapped at this underpass Friday night.

"When lives are on the line, you don’t have time to look pretty," said Michael.

"I was like, 'oh God, this was going to end bad.' I thought 'oh, I’m going to sink in.' I took a step out and the current hit me but it didn’t hit that hard," JJ added.

This picture shows just how high the water level rose. You can barely make out the top of the truck. For reference, Matthew is 6’3" and the water hit his chin.


"To move that red truck, I had to go completely under, help lift it up," said Michael.

"A gray Chevy Impala tried and he got stuck, I ran over and told him to put the car in neutral and I started pushing it," said Matthew.

The underpass is low and doesn’t drain well. With so much debris, Michael says he often has to unclog it. They say, every time it rains, it floods. But they're ready to jump in if needed.

"I’m a human and they’re human, too. All lives matter, that’s the way I look at it," he said.