ATLANTA — The rain came so fast and so hard Thursday afternoon, that drivers and residents, and more importantly, the drainage system in Atlanta could not keep up.
Roads, underpasses, buildings and more were suddenly underwater with little to no warning.
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Friday afternoon, Atlanta police released some bodycam video from Officer Rayanado Bryan and his adventure during Thursday’s torrential downpour.
The loud, intense, rapidly changing video shows Bryan and Atlanta Fire Rescue Captain Terrance Simon scrambling to get a driver trapped in their car on a flooded Peachtree Street, not far from Atlanta’s Public Safety Headquarters.
The two men can be seen battling the rushing rapids, wading deep into the water. You can’t see it, but you can hear and feel Bryan straining to get to the car where he pulls out his baton and eventually breaks out the driver-side window.
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Captain Simon and Bryan were able to guide the driver, whose name has not been released, out of the car and the two men helped the driver make his way out of the water, away from the flooding.
After the rescue, the video released by police shows water accumulating on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. The video shows traffic barricades floating down the street.
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