NEW RIVER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A New River couple is lucky to be alive after floodwaters surrounded their mobile home Friday. The Lashers' home of 35 years is now barely left standing. "Stuff was banging into the house. Then the house moved off what was holding it. It broke loose," said Brian Lasher.

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On Friday afternoon, New River was hit with dangerous flooding during a monsoon storm. The wash where the Lashers live turned into a rushing river. Video shows their jeep get swept away by the floodwaters. "The water keeps getting higher, then it starts rolling up against the house," said Lasher.

Brian Lasher and his wife

Photo of Brian Lasher and his wife.

Lasher called 911 but the water was too high for crews to get to them on the ground. Finally, a helicopter came to their rescue. Now, nearly a week later, Lasher still gets emotional looking at the damage. It serves as a reminder he and his wife narrowly escaped. "That was horrific. We couldn't hardly sleep Friday night. Again, praise God. He is always with us," said Lasher.

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For now, the Lashers are staying at a motel. Lasher said it is unclear how much flood insurance will cover. The family set up a GoFundMe page to help them with expenses. Click here if you would like to donate.


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