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Woman trapped in rushing floodwater in Lindale

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LINDALE, TX (KLTV) -

Some tense moments for an East Texas woman as she found herself trapped in her car in a flooded creek.

It happened on County Road 474 west of Highway 69 early Friday afternoon.

We spoke with the woman who was by her side as emergency workers pulled her out.

Mae Reid watched as the nearby creek rose into her workshop behind the house, then she saw someone drive into the water rushing across the road.

"The little lady came in the car and she hit the water and it pushed her on down. Then when she hit where the culverts were; it caved in and the front end of her car nose dived," Mae said.

Wendy Warf Dobson sent us this picture shortly after it happened. Mae said she had to do something to help.

"I told my husband I said we've got to help her. He said you can't go through the water. I said I have to get to her. So I took my boots off and my coat, and I sat down on the pavement and held to the pavement with my toes and my hands, and I scooted through the water to the car. I got up and I said, 'honey are you all right?' She said yes. I said 'well, be real still.' I said 'we're going to get you out.' So then the city police came and pulled her out," Mae explained.

The driver was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

In the meantime, her car sank deeper into the creek, making it more difficult to retrieve.

Another neighbor, Jessie Prestridge, says it has flooded here before, but never like this.

"I looked out the window and I could see that our creek had washed out more than it ever has and I have several trees down across the creek; big trees. This has never been a problem towards the north. When I looked this way, I saw lights flashing and I knew something was wrong," Jessie said.

With the driver of the SUV safe, it was time to pull out the vehicle. Emergency workers quickly realized they were going to need a bigger wrecker.

Around three o'clock the waters were receding and the vehicle was back on the road.

Lindale Police and Fire Departments want to remind everyone to turn around, don't drown when water is crossing the road.

The road will be closed until Smith County Road and Bridge engineers can assess and fix the culverts.

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