BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — Waters are receding in Birmingham at the intersection where University turns into Greensprings Highway. They needed to be rescued after driving into flood waters.
With a clearance level of 13 feet, 8 inches, it didn’t take long for the underpass at 6th Avenue South to pond up to depths of 3 to 4 feet trapping a woman in a dark sedan. But it was only minutes after rescue crews pushed her and the vehicle to safety that another car on the other side of the street dared cross the impromptu lake. Within seconds the headlights flicker and the car dies. It too is now stuck.
“From where I could see I really couldn’t tell it was that deep,” says Keyondra Levins after her rescue. “I honestly thought it would be ok. And once I drove in it, it was kind of deep and my car just shut off pretty much.”
Keyondra had been on her way to work. A medical worker, she’s used to dealing with emergency situations but now she’s just counting her blessings that the fire department was there to in her time of need.
“They was a big help and they pushed me out of the water. So I’m just glad I’m ok,” claims Keyondra. “My car didn’t totally flood out and I was able to get out safe. So I’m just glad I’m ok.”
At the end of the day it was only a car lost, not a life and both women say they have learned a valuable lesson the hard way.
“What do you do the next time you see something like this?” we ask her. “Turn around and go the other way!”
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