Church Cross Saves Woman And Grandson Caught In Flood

"I said, 'dear Lord are you taking me home right now?' "

You don't need to have religious faith to appreciate what a church cross did for Clara Gantt and her grandson on Sunday, October 4, in the South Carolina floods -- according to them, it was a life-saver.

Gantt and Travis Catchings clung to that cross for hours in raging waters before rescuers could do their job, WISTV reported.

Gantt was driving to church in Irmo early Sunday from nearby Blythewood when a sheet of water plowed into her car, WISTV noted in the segment above. After 9-1-1 didn't answer her call for help, she reached out to her family. By the time her grandson arrived, her car had floated backward into a submerged field while water roiled around it.

"I said, 'dear Lord are you taking me home right now?' " Gantt recalled.

Equipped with a deer harness and rope, Catchings waded to his grandmother and pulled her out of the vehicle, Facebook Newswire reported. That's when they spotted unexpected help.

"There was a little church right there," Gantt said in the TV interview. "Where my car stopped was right beside a huge red cross. I was literally, after I got out of the car, holding onto the cross. I was clinging to the cross."

Catchings took brief dramatic video, and Gantt later posted it to Facebook:

Thanking God for His mercy and power. He put my feet on higher ground. Praising Him in the storms of life. Thanks to all who have prayed for me and Travis

Posted by Clara Gantt on Sunday, October 4, 2015

Five hours later, emergency workers were able to complete the rescue. Gantt was hypothermic and had a broken ankle but is reportedly OK.

"Thanking God for His mercy and power," she wrote on Facebook. "He put my feet on higher ground. Praising Him in the storms of life. Thanks to all who have prayed for me and Travis."

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Images from the floods:

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A man makes his way through floodwaters in the parking lot of the Citadel Beach Club on Isle of Palms, South Carolina, on Monday. Charleston and the surrounding areas are still struggling with floodwaters due to a slow-moving storm system.
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Possessions are stacked in second-floor apartments during heavy flooding in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Charlene Stennis is escorted to safety after her son was rescued from a stranded vehicle on a flooded roadway in Columbia, South Carolina.
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A pickup truck rests against the side of Gills Creek near a bridge in Columbia, South Carolina, on Monday.
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A home in floodwaters on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.
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Floodwaters rise around a title loan store on Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Floodwaters rise around a title loan store on Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Flood-displaced residents listen to the news at a temporary shelter at St. Andrews Middle School in Columbia, South Carolina.
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A dog runs on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday.
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Farrell Rose and his fiancee, Damita Trapp, look away after floodwaters surrounded their home in Columbia, South Carolina.
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A group of college students play along the flooded streets of Charleston, South Carolina.
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Matt Howard puts down some sandbags in hopes of reducing the damage to his girlfriend's home in the St. Andrews area of Columbia, South Carolina.
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Floodwaters rush through the breach of the Columbia Canal as emergency workers prepare giant sandbags to plug the hole.