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Car flooded in creek, East Texan rescued

Photo source: Trevor Powell Photo source: Trevor Powell
Trevor and Nelda Powell were on their way to help and call 9-1-1. Trevor and Nelda Powell were on their way to help and call 9-1-1.
Photo source: Trevor Powell Photo source: Trevor Powell
Photo source: Trevor Powell Photo source: Trevor Powell
"I just remember praying, 'Dear God, please help me,'" said Amy Randall, the flood survivor. "I just remember praying, 'Dear God, please help me,'" said Amy Randall, the flood survivor.

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UPSUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - She was trapped in her car, submerged in water and, somehow, she survived. During Sunday's heavy rains, an East Texas woman ended up trapped in her car on FM 2263, northeast of Gilmer.

"I just remember praying, 'Dear God, please help me,' and 'Jesus Loves Me' was the song that was in my head," said Amy Randall, the flood survivor.

Randall doesn't take a day of her life for granted. Sunday afternoon she was inside her vehicle about to be washed away.

"My original instinct was, 'Oh no, I'm about to die!'" said Randall. "I just remember the car filling up with water real fast and that was a eerie feeling. The water was so cold."

"She was going south and she hydroplane about 50 or 70 feet up there," explained Trevor Powell.

Randall's car had floated down to the creek but little did she know, Trevor and Nelda Powell were on their way to help and call 9-1-1.

"The car started to go under the bridge and I started screaming, 'Get in the back seat,' and when I saw her she was under water," said Powell. "The car was headed under the bridge."

The Powells tried their best to calm Randall who only had about four inches of space to breathe. Thankfully her tire held the car from going under the bridge until DPS and fire rescue workers got on the scene.

"There was a little air pocket and you could see her hair swirling in the glass and everything," said Gilmer Fire Chief Melton. "It was just amazing how we was able to get her out of there and save her."

They credit her safety to more than just the rescuers.

"God had to orchestrate this," said Powell. "That's the only way. God makes everything come out right if you believe him."

"I'll always have a special place in my heart for the Powell's and all my rescue team," said Randall. "God's grace is truly amazing."

Emergency workers said if Randall had of stayed in the car 10 more minutes she would have died from suffocation. She says she will always be grateful for what she calls her, miracle team of rescuers.

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