A Nebraska man and two others nearly drowned Saturday night as neck-high floodwaters engulfed the elevator of his downtown Omaha apartment building, terrifying video shows.
Tony Luu and friends hopped on the lift around 10 p.m. to observe the damage wrought by ongoing hail and flash floods, he said — only to find themselves stuck in it on the ground floor as water rushed in from the lobby.
“Once it got to my stomach, we kind of figured, ‘OK, this is real,’” Luu told ABC News.
“It was like something out of a movie.”
Video recorded by Luu’s friend shows him vaping when the elevator jolts and water rushes in from below and the closed doors.
Later, when the floods have nearly submerged them, Luu’s friend — whose head is barely above the water line — appears to be on the phone with emergency services, telling them to hurry.
The pals managed to pry the door open before first responders got there, and escape along with the many gallons of water, ABC said.
By that point, Luu had been standing on the elevator’s railing to avoid going under, according to the report.