VIDEO: Crews rescue 97-year-old from floodwaters - WNEM TV 5

VIDEO: Crews rescue 97-year-old from floodwaters

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Officials have rescued a 97-year-old woman trapped by floodwaters in her home.

The Flint Fire Department was called in to 2234 Maybury Avenue in Flint after the woman became trapped by eight to 10 inches of standing water.

Officials said the water was high enough that it blew out the pilot light to the woman’s gas heater.

"I heard yesterday that it was flooded, but I didn't realize how bad it was. But yikes. It turned out to be pretty bad," the woman's nephew said.

He said flood waters caused her home to lose heat and power.

"I'm very happy that she's out," he said.

It took under an hour for firefighters to pull the woman to safety.

Her nephew said this is not the first time his aunt had to be rescued.

She lives off of Maybury Avenue in Flint, which is close to a lake.

"When there is a flood warning it just gets flooded out and it's hard to prevent that. She is close to the lake down there and she's an elderly person. It's hard for her. The only thing I can think of is for her to move," the nephew said.

He said it was nerve-wracking watching police and firefighters struggle through the water to help his aunt. But he said he is glad he stopped by to check on her.

"I wanted to just come here and check on her and see if she's OK and safe," he said.

The woman was taken to Hurley Hospital to get checked out, but she is expected to be OK.

"That's just what happens when we have all this rain," he said.

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