MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A woman had to be rescued as her car was being swallowed by rising waters from heavy rain in southwestern Minnesota Monday night, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The woman called 911 at about 9:15 p.m. while on Interstate 90 near the South Dakota border as her car was being swept away in rising waters. The water was over the driver’s seat of the car when the woman called for help.
By the time State Trooper Brian Beuning arrived and got to the vehicle, the car was up to its windows in water. The woman was able to climb to the back passenger window, where Beuning pulled her out. They watched from the middle of the eastbound lanes of I-90 as her vehicle flipped and was swept away down into a ditch.
Authorities said strong currents wouldn’t allow a boat from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to rescue them. Instead, fire crews in water rescue suits tied a rope around the two and got them to safety. Neither the woman or the trooper were hurt.