Fire crews make water rescue

A Southern Boone County woman escaped with her life after flash flood waters swept her SUV from her driveway.

The accident happened just after midnight on Wednesday morning just south of the Columbia Regional Airport and west of Highway 63.

A woman drove her Suburban into a small creek after flood waters forced her off her driveway. At one point, the woman was waist deep in the water. Southern Boone County Firefighters damaged their rescue boat during the first rescue attempt. Firefighters used a Columbia Fire Department rubber boat to carry the woman to safety.

Southern Boone County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Roger Jaeger said, â??The water had receded enough at that point that we could launch it from near the low water crossing. At that point, it took less than five minutes to get over to her and get the lifejacket on her and back to the point where we could get her out.â??

The rescued woman had mild hypothermia and was treated at the scene. It took more than 50 emergency workers to complete the 3 hour rescue. Some of the firefighters were upstream checking for floating debris. Dozens of large logs were floating through the area of the rescue.

Jaeger said, â??We had to have people downstream to throw ropes in case we had somebody fall out of a boat. We had 6 people doing that downstream.â??

The woman had a bumper sticker on her Suburban with just one word, PRAY.

Jaeger said, â??She did a lot of praying out there. I think that made a big difference.â??

Southern Boone Firefighters want to remind everyone to turn around and not drown when approaching flood waters over the road.

All of the rain we're having caused a dangerous situation in Mid-Missouri earlier Wednesday morning.

A woman and her SUV were swept into a creek in Southern Boone County.

It happened in the 1000 block of South Highway 63, near the Columbia Regional Airport just after midnight.

The Columbia Fire Department told us the woman was swept off of a private driveway into a creek.

It took rescuers almost three hours to get the woman out safely.

We'll have more details as they become available.