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PROSPER(CBS11) – A woman learned an important lesson after a swift water rescue in Prosper Friday morning. Now firefighters are urging all drivers to stay alert because they might not be able to see all the warning signs.

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Firefighters had to tether themselves to their truck as they waded toward that stranded car. Members of the swift water rescue team carefully measured the depth of the water as they made their way to the driver. They were able to get a life jacket on the driver and get her to safety.

It wasn’t until hours later that Katoria Gayles was finally able to retrieve her car and tell us how scared she was Friday morning.

“The water kept getting deeper as I went, and I tried to turn around, and I couldn’t turn around, so I spent about 30 minutes trying to reverse, and I couldn’t reverse anymore because there was a log behind me,” Gayles said.

Emergency crews knew about the dangers of that section of Fishtrap Road between Gee Road and Highway 1385. That’s why they installed barricades early Friday morning. But Gayles says by the time she got to the road there were no barricades in place.

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Firefighters say they believe her because they’ve been seeing a growing number of cases where barricades are being moved by drivers to let themselves through. Anyone who does this is not just endangering themselves but every other driver that follows them.

“They will put those barricades up, and somebody will come along in a four-wheel-drive or a truck and think, hey, I can make it through that, I don’t want to go 10 or 15 minutes around. They’ll move the barricades to the side, not thinking of the next person that’s coming through, and something will happen just like it did this morning, said Prosper Asst. Fire Chief Stuart Blasingame.

Firefighters warn drivers that roads like this can drop off. What may be six inches of water at one point may quadruple in depth 10 feet further, and they say that’s what happened here.

In addition to the barricades, drivers need to be alert and watch for road signs warning of the danger.

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