Water Rescue Takes Three Hours and Sixty Officials

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BOONE COUNTY - A woman was driving to her home around midnight Wednesday when her vehicle was swept from the road into a rushing creek. The water pressure carried her vehicle off the path toward her house and pushed the car over a small drop in the creek where it got stuck. The rural gravel road is located south of the airport, west of Highway 63.

The car stayed tipped over on its side for almost three hours. While waiting for authorities to help her, the female driver leaned outside of her driver window near the mirror. Southern Boone County Fire Department's Public Information Officer said the woman called for help on her cell phone at 12:09 a.m. More than sixty firefighters and other officials arrived to assist in the rescue. Eventually, a Zodiac rescue boat brought the woman to shore at approximately 3 a.m.  The department's public information officer said the woman is in her mid-thirties.

 "When we arrived, she was either crying or praying, but she was calm," said Southern Boone County Fire Protection District Private Investigation Officer Price Nichols. To find up to the minute information on the latest road conditions and closings due to high water, go to MODOT's traveler information map at modot.org.

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