Flood hero: “Earned his Superman cape”

Child rescued on Interstate 70 (Photo: Erin Dorn)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – In an age of video and phone cameras in the hands of so many, capturing a hero risking his own life to save others gives us all a unique perspective on the raging floods that consumed parts of our community Wednesday night.

One video is arguably the epitome of people helping people with little regard for their own safety.

It captures a man named Matt Louis, one of several people rescuing stranded drivers, helping a complete stranger save his family from flood waters consuming their car on Interstate 70 in Huber Heights.

“Matt really earned his Superman cape last night,” said Erin Dorn, friend of Matt Louis.

You can see a man wading through the flood water up to his chest, carrying a baby to safety. 2 NEWS has learned that man is not the baby’s father, but another stranded driver who stepped in to help.

The baby’s mother was still in the car. Matt, who you see in the orange shirt, risks his life to go back to the woman’s car and save her.

What’s more, Matt already saved another woman in another car who was screaming that she couldn’t swim and needed help.

“It was all instinct, a little bit of adrenaline, but the woman was screaming she can’t swim, I just had to help,” said Matt Louis.

Matt came upon the flooded highway returning with friends from a fishing trip. They said the water seemed to come from nowhere when they spotted all the people in peril.

“We were just glad everybody is okay. That was very brave to go out there in the water, not knowing what the current was,” said Erin, a friend of Matt’s. “If I was on the road and I had my daughter on the car, I would be totally grateful.”

Interstate 70 between Route 4 and State Route 201 was shut down for hours, re-opening early Thursday morning.

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