Family rescued from flood waters by Good Samaritans

Posted at 11:33 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 04:24:41-04

Hundreds of people have felt the devastation of Hurricane Hermine. In its aftermath, families are still being forced from their homes.  

"Soon as we got back there we noticed a lot of people still stuck in their homes," said Joe Vildalis.

Erik Papapanos, Joe Vidalis, and Rich Solkin were not affected by the flooding, but seeing the despair they decided to do what they could by boat.

One family was helped because they spotted a little girl asking to be rescued.

"We saw little Elizabeth waiving, she's adorable and she's like waiving hey," said Papapanos.

The girl was stranded inside her home with her mom, dad and three brothers and sisters. The home surrounded by flood water.

On Saturday, the three men navigated in and out of the neighborhood pulling people to safety. But their help didn’t end when everyone was out.

"We do whatever we can," said Papapanos.

On Monday, Papapanos is doing it from his family owned restaurant Christo’s.

"It's in my DNA to help man," said Papapanos.

The food destined for the plates of families he once called strangers, but the extraordinary efforts by these regular joes has changed all of that.

"You guys consider them unsung heroes, to them they're their angels,” said Jasmine Rivera. “They took us out of our home that we didn't know where we were going, we didn't know what to do, those are angels that saved us.”