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Woman rescued from car at flooded Dickinson, N.D., underpass

Emergency responders rescued a woman from her car that was stuck in high water at the underpass near Third Avenue West and Villard Street. No one was injured as an emergency worker entered the water shortly after 6 this afternoon. The underpass is known to flood after heavy rains, which Dickinson was hit with today.

Heavy rain and tornado warnings swept the area Monday afternoon and evening, leaving an underpass in Dickinson flooded and a motorist stranded.

The Third Avenue West underpass, which often floods during heavy rain, filled with at least two feet of water.

At about 5:45 p.m., before law enforcement lowered the gates prohibiting traffic from entering, a woman attempted to drive through the water and got stuck.

Water was over the hood of the car at one point, Dickinson Police Department Officer Corey Lee said.

Two Dickinson firefighters put on harnesses and entered the water. One opened the car door, allowing the driver to get out. The woman, whose name was not released, was wet but unharmed.

The other firefighter entered the water to help remove the vehicle.

Lee said drivers have attempted to cross the flooded underpass in the past and have gotten stuck.

Stark and Hettinger counties were under a tornado warning until 5:30 p.m. Monday. There were funnel clouds spotted in the Mott and Hettinger area but no touch-downs, according to the National Weather Service.

Emergency officials set off Stark County tornado warning sirens at about 5 p.m. There were no reports of a tornado, Stark County Emergency Manager Brent Pringle said.

Once the sirens went off, those at the West River Community Center in Dickinson were told to take shelter in locker rooms.

Cooler weather helped the situation pass, Pringle said.

"That warm front that was pushing up hit the cool weather and kind of broke the severe stuff off and pulled it more off to the east where it was a little warmer," he said.

As of about 7 p.m. Monday, about 1.75 inches of rain had accumulated in the area, Pringle estimated. Rain continued to fall.

About two inches of rain fell in Hettinger County as of about 7:30 p.m. and pea-size hail hit late Monday afternoon, said Ilene Hardmeyer, Hettinger County emergency manager.

Pringle said Stark County residents with property damage should contact Emergency Management at 701-456-7605, or post information on Facebook at starkcountyem.