Man in viral flood rescue video was trying to protect firearm business

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EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – The Eureka man who crawled atop his pickup truck to await rescue from floodwaters said he had good reason to be out and about – he was trying to save his business and protect residents in the process.

Sam Andrews, owner of Tier One Weapon Systems off Hwy 109, was moving guns and other tools from his business when his pickup truck became waterlogged.

“I went to sleep about 1:50 a.m. and the parking lot was completely dry. I woke up at about 3 am with the sound of water starting to hit the sandbags and starting to creep in the shop,” Andrews said. “So we moved some of the more expensive things off to high ground, got the computers off of the floor and then got the high end stuff into the truck into the cab of the truck and underneath some of the wood and then tried to get out.”

“The kind of stuff that we build is the type of tool that you only want the best people to have. You certainly don’t want a criminal element or radical element to get these types of materials in your hands so we had to make sure that stuff got out safely.”

In video seen from the eyes of Bommarito Automotive Skyfox, you could see Andrews’ legs hanging out the back window of the truck as he steered his way to dry land while being towed by firefighters. Water gushed out of his truck, but Andrews said he remained dry. He even took off his shirt and jacket and put them on top of his truck so he would have something dry to wear once he was out of the floodwater.

Andrews was not only successful in moving his wares to safer locations, but also appreciative of the help from the Eureka fire and police departments.

He said his wife began getting phone calls and people showing up at the house, telling her they were watching on live TV. When asked if his wife was worried about him, Andrews laughed and pulled his phone. He showed a text message from his wife saying, “Are you done playing in the water?”