A Fort Benning soldier rescued a woman who drove her car into about 3 feet of standing water on Fifth Avenue Saturday morning in Columbus.
Sawanna McBride, driving a Chevrolet Impala, drove into the water until the car stalled in front of the Gateway Lincoln Mercury dealership between 14th and 13th streets.
She sat in the car, water coming inside, until Spc. Adam Street, from Milan, Ind., waded through the water and pushed the car about 100 yards through a swirling makeshift lake and onto 14th Street. He was assisted by his wife, Amanda Street.
“A little common sense goes a long way,” Street said before he made the rescue, as he watched the car plunge deeper and deeper into the water. “People don’t seem to understand how deep that water is. I guess common sense isn’t universal.”
McBride said she had no idea the water was more than 3 feet deep in the street.
“I was just trying to make my way back to work,” she said.
To do that she had to drive past a white van that already stalled in the high water. The city of Columbus’ trolley was also stalled. About 15 minutes earlier a METRA driver was carrying passengers out of the bus piggy-back.
There was only one passenger on the bus, Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin said. No one was injured and there was no apparent damage to the trolley.
“Everything worked out,” Goodwin said.
This area of Fifth Avenue traditionally floods when there is heavy rain. Columbus Police blocked off that part of Fifth Avenue on the north side shortly after McBride attempted to get through.