DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – When Dorothy Hoenig of Mesquite picked up her cell phone Wednesday afternoon from an auto body shop, it was working just fine. Not bad, considering it was submerged in four feet of water. “Before I knew it, it got a little deeper and a little deeper. I wasn’t able to control my car anymore.” recalled Hoenig.
The 71-year-old grandmother was just blocks away from work. It was a few minutes past 6:00 am when she got off LBJ Freeway at Park Central Boulevard in North Dallas.
At the bottom of the exit, a massive rush of water had already swallowed up the road, but Hoenig says it was still dark outside and she never saw it coming.
“It just kept getting higher and higher and I could see it getting up over the windows,” she said. “I happened to remember that I put my cell phone in my sweater that morning.”
Her phone was soaking wet, but it still worked, so Hoenig frantically dialed 911.
When Dallas firefighters arrived, the water was up to her neck and her Chevy Tahoe was nearly submerged. She managed to roll down her window before firefighters pulled her out and moved her to safer ground.
“It’s a miracle that I’m alive,” Hoenig explained with a sigh of relief.
Dallas Fire Rescue says Hoenig was one of eight people rescued from rising waters during Wednesday’s flooding.