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Driver Rescued From SUV, Trapped On Flooded Spillway In NW OKC

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Emergency crews were called out to rescue a driver who became trapped on a flooded spillway road, located between two neighborhood lakes in NW OKC, Wednesday afternoon.

First responders were called out to the scene in the Ski Island housing addition, near NW 101st Street and N. MacArthur Boulevard. The driver of an SUV got stuck in rushing water on a spillway that connects Silver Lake and Ski Island Lake on S. Shore Dr.

In a 911 call, the driver expressed regret over her decision to drive into high water. 

"There is just so much flooding. I don't even why I chose to do this, this is stupid. I didn't think it was as bad as it is, but I can't get out of it," she said.

The driver of the SUV was trapped inside of the vehicle, with only a tiny guardrail keeping the vehicle from washing into Silver Lake.

"You can only imagine what may have happened if the guardrail broke. That vehicle would've flipped over and it would'be been a much more treacherous rescue," said OKC Fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson.

Rescuers used a tethered dinghy to row out to the SUV and pull the woman to safety. The woman was wet and cold, but did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries.   

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