Nashville, TN - (NBC) - A 10-year-old girl who lives in Forest Hills was sucked into an 18-inch drain pipe last weekend, traveled underground for 36 feet in a torrent of water and lived to tell about it.
Heavy rain brought Shaun Carrigan and his family outside to look at the flooding and overflowing creeks.
Shaun's daughter, Delaney, 10, and her best friend, Marie, said they were fascinated with an overflowing ditch but got too close to the rapidly flowing water.
"We were walking and my friend lost her balance and slipped down into the water. I had stepped down into the water a little bit to pull her out and then we fell in. The water started pulling me," said Delaney.
"I heard this screaming, and it was like the most guttural, animalistic, horrifying thing I've ever heard," said Shaun Carrigan. "I ran as fast as I could and saw Marie with her face barely out of the water, screaming. I grabbed her and pulled as hard as I could."
But Delaney was gone. She had been sucked through an 18-foot drain pipe that runs for 36 feet under two driveways.
"I was completely under the pipe. I thought I was going to die. That's all I was thinking about," said Delaney.
"I just ran around to the other side and saw Delaney's green rain coat floating. She was face down floating in this ditch. I grabbed her, and her lips were blue. She looked lifeless. I put her on her side, and I was just kind of thinking, 'What do I do now?' I guess this is where you do CPR, and just at that point she opened her eyes and started breathing," said Carrigan.
Delaney and her family are thankful she didn't get stuck inside of the pipe because it is crooked with a big bend, has corrugated metal and was full of flood debris.
Carrigan wants the public know that even though some flooded creeks may not look very dangerous, it's easy to misjudge how fast water can flow.