Dramatic Video of Swiftwater Rescue Involving SUV Crash into Drainage Ditch Near I-35 and Minnesota-Iowa Border


Crews Rescue Girl From Flooded SUV in Iowa: Emergency response crews have been credited for rescuing a girl and two women from an SUV in northern Iowa that was submerged in rushing floodwater.

Northwood and Mason City fire departments, Lake Mills Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol and Worth County Sheriff’s Department responded Wednesday evening to a swiftwater rescue operation near Interstate 35, just south of the Minnesota-Iowa border.

Rescuers were able to complete the operation in about 45 minutes, and rescued a 3-year-old girl and two women from the SUV, which accidentally rolled into a drainage ditch after running off the road. Rapid water streamed by at about the height of the door handles.

One of the women in the vehicle is pregnant. The three victims were examined at the scene, and did not require medical treatment.

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall caused the rushing water on Wednesday afternoon and evening — part of the same thunderstorm system that passed through Chicagoland Wednesday evening and Wednesday night.

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