VIDEO: NOPD officer rescues woman from car in flooded underpass

Officer describes situation as 'like a movie'
Updated: May. 18, 2018 at 9:44 PM CDT
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Jeannie Higgins (FOX 8 Photo)
Jeannie Higgins (FOX 8 Photo)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A woman had to be rescued from her car after she tried to drive through a flooded underpass at Carrollton Avenue Friday.

The woman, identified as Jeannie Higgins, apparently did not see or ignored police vehicles with their lights flashing, as well as an officer's call for her to stop, instead driving straight into the deep water. As Higgins lost control and her car began to float, NOPD Officer Brian Frank waded in and pulled her out of the driver's side window.

Higgins appeared shaken but unharmed as she was carried to safety by Officer Frank.

"It felt like a movie," Frank said. "I didn't want the car to get too deep. I pulled her out. but the car kept going."

Reporter: "Are you trained for this?"

Frank: "No I can't swim."

Police Chief Michael Harrison said later in a phone interview that he was extremely proud of the officer's actions.

"It's very heroic," he said. "I'm extremely proud. What we want to do is make sure our citizens are not in that kind of position."

From 4 p.m. until about 6 p.m. the storm dumped anywhere from 3-5 inches of rain over the metro area, flooding major streets and some neighborhoods as the pumps struggled to keep up.

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