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80-year-old rescued from rising Lauderdale County floodwaters

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - An 80-year-old man had to be rescued from quickly rising flood waters late Monday night.

The fast moving flood waters overpowered Neeland's Dodge Caravan as he was traveling along Highway 19 Monday night near Crutcher Lake and John Tulley Refuge in Lauderdale County.

Neeland grabbed his walking cane and cell phone and dialed 911 for help.  

"Thank God I had my cell phone," he said. "I probably would have been sleeping on the ground out there."

When authorities found Neeland, he was in water up to his chest.  

"One of the deputies waded across and got me and took me back and put me in the sheriff's car where it was warm," he said.

Neeland was cold and a little shaken up, but otherwise uninjured.

"I wasn't scared a bit," he said. "I just thought what an idiot I was. But outside of that I was fine. Got a little wet wading out."

Neeland, who was alone in his car, has been traveling the country frequently since his wife died.  He was in the area because he wanted to see the Mississippi River.

"I'm going to keep traveling," he said. "I want to see the Mississippi all the way up. Then I'll come back on the other side. So I'll be traveling."

Neeland spent the night at a local hotel. Authorities contacted his family in Colorado to let them know he had been rescued and is okay.

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