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OKLAHOMA CITY – Crews have rescued at least 50 motorists and residents after flash flooding washed-out roads and inundated neighborhoods in the Oklahoma City area.
Monday morning's downpour caused the Deep Fork Creek near Hefner and Sooner roads to spill over its banks and flood the roads and low lying areas. Crews successfully saved five people from their flooded cars, but then they got word of that young woman trapped in the raging water.
Mason Dunn helped direct the rescue efforts of Raquel Dawson from SkyNEWS 9 HD as she swam from tree to tree trying to escape the swiftly flowing current.
"Not easy and very scary for us. Originally we had one victim in the water and we had an individual with a private airboat that volunteered to go and get her," said Oklahoma City Fire Batt. Chief Kirk Wright.
The first rescue boat overturned in the water but with the help of Mason Dunn, emergency crews were able to rescue both the capsized crew and Dawson.
Nearly a dozen families stranded in an Edmond neighborhood have also been safely rescued.
Water near the Chisholm Creek quickly swept into homes along near N.W. 172nd Street and Western Avenue.
"My step-daughter was stuck in the home and she called me while I was at work and she kept saying she was sorry," said resident Jennifer O'Brien.
Fire and rescue crews from multiple agencies used boats to rescue more than a dozen people including children, pets and Jennifer O'Brien's step-daughter.
"Just grateful, I just put my faith in God today. I just knew I had no control over this today but God was in control of the situation and I give him all the glory she's safe right now," O'Brien said.
The residents praised the numerous firefighters, police officers and paramedics who swarmed the area to assist in the rescue efforts.
Water from the creek continued to pour into homes on Sun Hollow Road and Sun River Court.
There were reports of high flood waters trapping some residents in the Palo Vera addition just north of Edmond Road on Western Avenue.
And another dramatic rescue happened on the west side of I-35 near Hefner and Bryant.
A man became stranded when he tried to make it through the water. The rushing water hampered the emergency crews' efforts to find the man.
A short time later the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department used their boat to go out and pull him out of his car. The man was a little embarrassed but otherwise okay.
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