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Firefighters rescue woman trapped in car by flood waters

Tucson firefighters rescued a woman from her vehicle Tuesday, after it became stuck in a flowing neighborhood wash in the 8400 block of East Appomattox Street, near Broadway and Camino Seco, authorities said.

The driver called 911 from inside the car after it became stuck. She then stayed on the phone with the dispatcher while she waited for firefighters to respond, advising that the water was getting higher, said TFD Captain Barret Baker.

When firefighters arrived, the water was up to the doors of Dodge Stratus, Baker said.

There were no power lines over head, which allowed the aerial which arrived on scene to extend the ladder to the vehicle, positioning the tip toward the car window. A firefighter then walked out and passed the woman a lifejacket through the window, said Baker.

The woman was then able to climb out of the window and walk out safely, Baker said.

The woman received medical assessment at the scene but did not require further medical attention, he said.

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A firefighter walking out to pass a stranded woman a lifejacket through the window of her car.