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Woman, son rescued from flooded van

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BATON ROUGE - Emergency personnel rescued a woman and her son when flooding trapped them in their van this morning.

Mimi Vidrine said she was driving in downtown Baton Rouge when she got to Napoleon Street, which had water over the road.

She ventured in anyway, and the van came to a stop as water started filling the vehicle.

"It was over my seat," she told News 2. "I was sitting criss-cross in my seat and... started getting wet."

Vidrine's biggest concern was her six-year-old child, who was strapped into a backseat and couldn't swim. She grabbed her phone and called 911.

"I was very scared," she said. "The 911 operator stayed on the line with me."

Rescuers arrived and got Vidrine and her son out of the flooded van. Other cars parked on the side of the street didn't fare any better; many had also filled with water after the morning's rain. Signs on the street warn drivers that if they choose to park, they're doing so at their own risk.

Vidrine said she learned a valuable lesson, and won't drive through flooded streets again.

"I didn't think it was that high, and you always hear not to drive through it," she said. "That's good advice... not to drive through it."


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