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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth's mother was rescued from floodwaters Tuesday afternoon after her car fell into a nearby creek.
It happened shortly after 11 a.m. near the corner of Brownsboro Road and Springcrest Drive.
Metrosafe dispatchers say an accident involving several vehicles pushed the vehicle driven by Yarmuth's mother, causing it to fall into the creek.
Dispatchers say Worthington Fire Department, Harrods Creek Fire Department, Louisville Fire & Rescue and St. Matthews Fire Department all responded to the scene.
It took firefighters about an hour to rescue her because they were dealing with the water and had to cut some trees down to reach the car.
"We had to use our aerial device to get out above the water and actually lower a firefighter down on top of the car and then actually break the back window and get her out that way," said Kevin Groddy, a battalion chief for Louisville Fire & Rescue.
A source tells WDRB News that the woman was alert and conscious when she was transported to the hospital.
WDRB News has obtained the following statement from Yarmuth's office:
"Our mother is doing fine after today's accident. Thankfully she was wearing her seatbelt and has only minor injuries. She is in good spirits and will be home soon. We want to thank the Harrods Creek and Worthington fire departments, as well as Metro Police and EMS, for their exceptional rescue efforts. We also want to thank all those at University Hospital, who are providing my mother with expert care. "