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Emergency crews perform flood rescue in Chautauqua County

WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

A tragedy nearly resulted in Chautauqua County Tuesday where creeks are overflowing due to heavy rains. WBFO's Chris Caya was there to witness a dramatic scene as first responders made a heroic rescue.

The roaring waters of a flooded creek nearly claimed a life. But rescue crews from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's office and the Silver Creek and Brocton Fire Departments were able to rescue a young woman from Slippery Rock Creek.

The young woman reportedly was taking photos of the swollen creek when she fell into the water where she then clung to rocks for over 30 minutes.  She was taken to the hospital for what are believed to be minor injuries.  

Alex Simpson of Brocton identified the woman as Kari Brown of Springville. She is 26 years of age and the cousin of his girlfriend.  

"She was out here taking pictures, the next thing we hear is she fell in. Her grandfather lives up the creek." said  Simpson who is from Brocton, interviewed by reporters at the scene following the rescue. 

Simpson said the firefighters did a good job of pulling her to safety. 

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Alex Simpson of Brocton knew the young woman rescued from rising flood waters.

The incident occurred off County Road 380 and Route 20 just before noon Tuesday.  Flash floods closed down some roads in Chautauqua County early Tuesday following heavy overnight rains.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Captain Darryl Braley said the young women rescued from Slippery Rock Creek is 'very lucky'.

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Chautauqua County Sheriff Capt. Darryl Braley says the young women rescued from Slippery Rock Creek is very lucky.