FAIRBORN — Wednesday’s flash floods caused problems for many motorists, including one woman that had to be rescued from her car after driving into a creek in Fairborn.
Rescue crews were called to the 1000 block of Dayton-Yellow Springs Road just before 11 p.m. May 21 for a car in waist-deep water. Upon arrival they found a red SUV with its front end submerged up to the windshield in Beaver Creek, located between the BP gas station and T.J. Chumps restaurant.
“The water in that creek is normally only a couple inches but it was probably around 5- to 6-feet deep with all the rain we had,” said Fairborn Operations Chief Dave Reichert. “The T.J. Chumps parking lot was flooded and the water was up in the spill way. It was tough to see where the water ended and she drove right into that area.”
The current then pulled the vehicle into the creek where it became wedged in a tree.
“She was extremely lucky the vehicle got into that position where it was stable. It doesn’t take much to capsize a car and the creek was moving pretty quickly,” Reichert said.
With concerns about the stability of the vehicle, crews used Fairborn’s 110-foot aerial ladder to get a tag line down to the car and zip-line a life jacket to the woman.
“They needed to make to make sure she was secure if something happened that could cause the car to move and she went in the water,” said Reichert.
Boat assistance was called in from Huber Heights and Butler County. Huber Heights had a boat in the water to remove the woman from the car. The driver was not injured.
“The whole operation went extremely smoothly,” said Reichert. “With water rescues you plan for the worst, but we had some amazing help and all the crews did a phenomenal job.”
The chief’s advice to motorists is to avoid driving in standing water, no matter where is may be.
“You have no idea where the drop-offs are, and what you think is there may have washed away. It’s safer to just avoid it,” he said.