Bellevue firefighters riding in the bucket of a front-end loader early Sunday rescued a woman and a dog from a vehicle that had driven into floodwaters covering U.S. Highway 34.

Firefighters originally responded to a water rescue call at 12:46 a.m. near Harlan Lewis Road and Highway 34 south of Bellevue, Battalion Chief Kurt Strachota said.

After searching the area and finding nothing, firefighters changed locations and found a vehicle that had driven about 200 yards into floodwaters east of the Missouri River Bridge on Highway 34 in Iowa.

“They located a woman and a dog in a vehicle with water up to the window on the driver’s side and halfway up the door on the passenger side,” Strachota said. “Two (firefighters) wearing water rescue gear and life jackets rode in the bucket of a front-end loader and extracted the dog and the patient.”

The woman, whose name has not been released, was checked for injuries and refused treatment.

The incident is under investigation.

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