March 15 could have been a lot worse for a mother and child who found themselves trapped in a car that had driven into a pond in Leighton in Colbert County.
Shonda Pitts’ daughter was driving home with her child when she saw a car almost submerged in water — and someone moving around inside. The daughter called Shonda, who got her husband and rushed to the scene of the accident.
An initial report from WAAY said the high pond waters and dark road made it almost impossible to see where the road stopped and the pond started.
By the time Shonda and her husband got to the scene, the mother and 11-month old child had gotten out of the car but needed help getting up the embankment. Shonda, a grandmother, took care of the child while the mother calmed down enough to call police.
“I just held her in our truck and kept her warm,” Shonda said. “One of the paramedics came in and brought a blanket and a towel so we kind of dried her off until her mom got done talking with the policeman.”
The whole thing happened on Gnat Pond Road, the same place where Elizabeth Tortorici got her Jeep stuck in the pond earlier this month. A good samaritan also helped Elizabeth escape.
Colbert County, along with the rest of North Alabama, has been hit with floods and near-constant rain for most of 2019. If you see a road that has been covered by water, turn around. Do not attempt to cross.