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Jul 30, 2012 9:36 PM

Woman trapped in flooded area with 4-month-old baby speaks out

TUCSON-Some Tucsonans have a special spot in their hearts today for first responders.

Crews were busy during the weekend downpours rescuing people. One Tucson mom is especially thankful to two strangers who saved her life and the lives of her children including a four-month-old baby.

Jeannette Espinoza said she was driving on Silverbell Rd. between Camino del Cerro and Sweet Water when she saw the flooded area, pushed on the brakes, but her car slid into the water.

Espinoza's 12-year-old son and baby were in the car with her.

"I felt the car moving with the water, so I told my son get the baby out please unbuckle the baby and get out," said Espinoza.

She said it was the most horrifying experience she's had.

They were able to get out of the car before it washed away and just stood on the side of the road as they dialed 9-1-1.

"It was raining I didn't have anything to cover the baby with. My son was wearing a baseball hat which he put on her so that the rain wouldn't get on her," said Espinoza.

Espinoza said two men came to their rescue.

"One of them had my arm with the baby, the other one grabbed my son's arm and walked us through even then I felt like we were going to fall because the water's current was so strong," said Espinoza.

She said she literally saw their lives flash before her eyes and thanks those men for saving them.

Her advice to people who purposely drive across flooded areas:

"Just wait. It's better to wait a little bit longer than to take your life," she said.

Captain Adam Goldberg with Northwest fire said it's true, these waters can take your life in an instant.

"Stay away from these running waters. They are hazardous," he said.

Goldberg said luckily so far this year, no one has died as a result of crossing flooded areas, but the only way to continue that record is to turn around and stay away from those areas.


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