Woman feared dead during flooding disaster is actually alive

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - In 1897, Mark Twain once said, “the report of my death is an exaggeration.”  A metro Detroit woman shares that sentiment after reports that she had died in Monday’s massive flash flooding.

Jena David, of Sterling Heights, is thankful to be after her experience at Old 13 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue in Warren.  She also is quite amused by all of the attention she is getting now that word is spreading that she has risen from the dead.

“My twin brother told me, ‘you’re on the Weather Channel. You should check it out. They think you’re dead,” Jena shared.  She laughs about that, now. However, it wasn’t so funny last Monday when she found herself caught in a sudden rain storm.

“All of sudden, I see water coming up and up and up,” she said.  “I’m going crazy calling my dad and my fiancé and I just don’t know what to do.”  In a nutshell— Jena was in a panic, caught in massive flash flooding on Van Dyke.  She feared her life was about to end.  But, with the water quickly rising, help suddenly arrived.

"I don’t know where he came from, Jena said.  “He grabbed me and took me out of the car and said, 'get on my shoulders.”

That man, a perfect stranger, carried Jena to the nearby Buddy’s Pizza restaurant where Jena says she blacked out before being taken to a hospital.  Somehow, a story started spreading that she had died.

“To be honest, I didn’t realize they were talking about my daughter,” said Jena’s father, David G. David.  A native of Syria, David is amazed by all that has happened this week.  He is grateful that his daughter is fine and very thankful for the man who saved her.

“I wish to meet him,” David said with tears welling in his eyes. “God bless him. That’s all I can say. "It’s kind of weird that somebody would come out of nowhere and just carry you,” Jena added.   I"t kind of makes you think there’s someone out there watching you.”

Like her father, Jena wants to meet her “angel” so that she can thank him, personally, for saving her life

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