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Man rescued from floating car in Waterloo

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Flood waters surged Monday afternoon, and covered Washington St. in Waterloo.

“It was coming down so fast and the wind was blowing so hard,” Briandre Fletcher, 23, said. “I never saw it coming.”

Fletcher was trying to pick up his child. He saw some water covering the road in front of him, but didn't think it was very deep.

“Then the water just took my car and it started drifting forward,” Fletcher said.

He tried to reverse, but couldn't. Floating in the intersection, he didn't know what to do.

“I'm not going to lie, I was scared,” he said. “I called 911, like, 'My car is going under!'”

Some drivers, in an effort to avoid flood waters, drove the wrong way on Highway 218 exit ramps.

In the meantime, rescuers raced to reach Fletcher. With a sprained foot, he couldn't escape his flooded car.

“It was over the ground, I knew it was over,” Fletcher said. “There was nothing I could do.”

That's when Waterloo Fire and Rescue reached him.

“I had to climb out the window, use my good foot, sat on top of the car,” he said. “I just had to slide down into the water, and the guy helped me to safety.”

Still, he can't believe how quickly it happened.

“It was floating, floating!” he said of his car. “It's like 2008 all over again.”

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