Bastrop News

Woman rescued from swollen waters

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer
The communication over a police scanner at 9:27 a.m. on Wednesday morning from a flooded area just southwest of Elgin was good news: “They have her tied off; (should) be able to extricate her.”
Then, at 9:33 a.m., a second communication was heard: “Patient is out of the water.” Air 1, a rescue helicopter from Austin was called off: “Air 1 can cancel – the patient is rescued and on dry ground.”
A combined effort from Bastrop and Travis County firefighters and law enforcement had responded to the call of woman hanging onto her car in flooded area on Littig Road, southwest of Elgin and just across the county line into Travis County.
It was touch and go for awhile as rescuers awaited for the waters to recede somewhat. Fire Chief Josh Gill, with Bastrop County’s ESD #2 (which entails Bastrop and Paige firefighters) said the water “went down a lot” when the rescued was attempted but that “it was still very dangerous” with the current. He said firefighters with Travis County ESD #12 made the actual rescue: “They went into the water on foot and put a life vest on her” and were able to rescue the woman.

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