Dashcam footage shows new angle in December water rescue of deputy

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dashcam footage shows a new angle of a water rescue from December as a Travis County deputy in Manor became stranded as she was trying to help another trapped driver.

At about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, the deputy was headed to assist in the rescue of a driver caught in flood water on Bitting School Road. According to Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kristen Dark, the deputy became stranded herself near Littig Road.

The deputy was forced to get on the roof of her car and heard another person calling for help. That person had been swept away by high water and was clinging to a tree. 

The new dashcam footage shows the moment the cruiser collided with the water. The dark road and poor visibility hid the flood out of sight as it poured over the low water crossing.

For an hour, officials worked to rescue the deputy and the other driver on Littig Road, as well as the third driver on Bitting School Road. Shortly after 6 a.m. a STARFlight rescue crew reached the deputy and hoisted her out of the water. 

The footage shows the deputy climb onto the roof of her car as flood waters entered the vehicle. The video ends with the deputy being airlifted to safety.

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