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Five people rescued after flood waters trap them inside a car

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Robert Patrick
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Five people in a car that drove past “road flooded” signs and into floodwaters were rescued Saturday, the St. Louis Fire Department said.

An official said that there were two adults and three children in the car, and that the driver thought the road, Riverview Drive, was passable because the signs were slightly turned away from the road.

The department began receiving reports around noon of a vehicle stranded in floodwater with people on the roof. The department’s marine rescue task force rescued the occupants at around 12:30 p.m., according to officials at the scene.

The Chevrolet Cobalt drove past the flood signs near Coal Bank Road, just north of St. Louis city’s far northern boundary, before getting stuck.

Rescue personnel in swift water gear walked a Zodiac boat out to the car, officials said.

Initial reports to the department said that the vehicle was further south, at the intersection of Riverview and Spring Garden drives.

Hillary Levin of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

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