Photos: Woman rescued from car in flooded roadway

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto and April Warnecke

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 7 at 8:03 PM

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Rescuers had to come to the aid of at least two people who drove into flooded roads in the area of Southern Avenue and Meridian Road as rain pounded the East Valley Friday morning.

The Fort McDowell Casino New Chopper was overhead during the second rescue shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Video showed a firefighter helping a woman out of her apparently stalled vehicle, putting her in a life vest and helmet, and walking her to safety. The woman did not appear to be injured.

Aerial video also showed another car that had gotten stuck earlier in the morning, as well as at least two drivers making it through the flooded roadway.

Arizona has what's known as the "Stupid Motorist Law." Under that law, drivers who get stuck after going around barricades or signs into flooded roadways can be charged the cost of their rescue.

A slow-moving storm is responsible for Friday morning's flooding, dumping quite a bit of rain in a relatively short period of time. The East Valley got pounded as the storm hovered in place.

While several water rescues were called in -- at least four in that area surrounding southern Avenue and Meridian Road -- no injuries were reported.

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