When an extreme weather event like a flood happens, it often happens very quickly. You often don’t have much time to prepare or think, and you have to grab what you can and get to safety as fast as you can.
This was what happened to the residents of a town in Japan. These residents had to escape right when a flash flood hit.
The citizens of Joso, Japan, have been hit with incredible rain causing flooding and landslides.
As a result of heavy rainfall, the water levels in the nearby Kinugawa River rose and unleashed lots of water on Joso, just north of Tokyo.
As with all of these disasters, incredible stories of struggle and determination have emerged as well.
As anyone who has experienced heavy flooding before can attest, getting animals out of these situations can be particularly tricky. In chaotic situations like these, animals can get confused and afraid, which makes rescue efforts difficult.
Still, one couple was unwilling to leave their two beloved dogs behind.
In news footage that has quickly gone viral, an unidentified couple can be seen huddled on a roof.
The entire area around their home is flooded with deep waters and rapid currents as a helicopter flies in to save them.
Despite the high winds and the dangerous surroundings, a rescue worker gradually lowers himself down onto the roof where the couple is braving the storm. As he approaches, he sees that the couple won’t make any moves without their dogs!
The pair insists that the rescuers bring the dogs with them as well. Very carefully strapping one of the animals in a bag, the woman slowly makes her way safely up into the helicopter.
The rescuer descends again to the man still camped out on the roof. He puts the other dog in a tote bag and they too set off together.
Miraculously, both the dogs and the couple make it safely back into the helicopter!
This incredible footage quickly went viral, garnering over 11 million views. It’s amazing to see how calm the dogs are and how professional the rescuers are. They understood that dogs are family and didn’t hesitate to help.
Check out the incredible rescue video below!
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