Pratt's historical flood gained national attention after video footage was aired to over 200,000 television viewers.
More than 200,000 television viewers nationwide saw footage of Pratt’s historical flood on Labor Day, thanks to a California news anchor with local connections.
Allison Himmelwright Woods, an ABC news anchor in Redding, Calif. happened to see aerial drone footage of her hometown flooding on September 3.
Woods, a 2003 graduate of Pratt High School and daughter of Blake and Chris Himmelwright, works for ABC affiliate KRCR TV in Redding. She included a clip of the Pratt flood video, posted on Facebook by its creator Dr. Eric Clarckson, Pratt, as part of her broadcast, where it was seen by a potential viewing audience of 200,000.
Clarkson used a personal drone to shoot the footage of flooding conditions in Pratt, including areas around Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake, the KDWPT headquarters, Sixth Street and Country Club Road in Pratt.
His videos received more than 2.6K shares and 131K views.
Woods started her broadcasting career with KRCR in 2016, following stints as TV anchor and reporter in Missouri and Arkansas.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwestern State University in Alva, Okla. and is now taking online courses toward a master’s degree through Missouri State University.
According to her mother, Woods and husband Tyler are experiencing disaster conditions of their own this week.
“They were evacuated from their home two days ago due to wildfires in California,” Himmelwright said Friday.
The Woods’ home is surrounded by 28 acres of forest, which adds to the concern. It’s likely they would appreciate some of the rain Pratt County got this Labor Day weekend.