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      Woman rescued after driving onto flooded roadway

      A woman became trapped Thursday when she drove her red Durango into a flooded area of Loesch Road in Cole County.
      A woman became trapped Thursday when she drove her red Durango into a flooded area of Loesch Road in Cole County.Darren Dickneite, who knew the roadway had been flooded, drove that way while on his way to work to see if the water had gone down yet. Dickneite noted that the road was clearly marked at both ends with "Road Closed, Water Over Road" signs.When he approached the water's edge, he saw the vehicle stuck."To my surprise, a lady started hanging out the window that she needed help and that her truck wouldn't start," he said.Dickneite told her to stay put and use her cellphone to call a wrecker. He said that the company she called, Broadway Wrecker, then apparently called the Cole County Fire Protection District.Responders arrived on the scene within minutes, and quickly called for back-up and a boat after assessing the situation.Within another 10 minutes, the boat and extra responders were on the scene. The team decided to send two rescuers out on the boat to rescue the woman, who was scared and sitting with her feet up in the seat because of water flooding the floorboard of the vehicle.Once back on dry land, she warmed up in a waiting ambulance.When Broadway Wrecker arrived, the same two firefighters took the boat out and attached the cable to the Durango. One of the men then climbed in through the window to steer the truck as the wrecker pulled it out of the water."The Cole County Fire Protection District did an awesome job, with very fast response and quick thinking," Dickneite said. --Special thank you to Darren Dickneite for sharing his photos and retelling of the rescue.