Rescue crews in Lauderhill were able to save a driver who drove their vehicle into a canal during Tropical Storm Eta Sunday evening.
The dramatic moment caught on camera off Northwest 21st Street showed the danger of driving through flooded roadways.
Fire rescue officials said the car hit the water and drifted 50 yards before sinking. Divers from Plantation Fire Rescue searched the canal, fearing that another victim might be in the water, but nothing was found.
The driver was transported to Broward Health in critical condition, but fire officials said they had a pulse. Officials didn't release their identity.
“You can’t tell the difference between the parking lot, where the grass and the canal start," said Jeff Levy, of Lauderhill Fire Rescue. "It was dark out here. Most definitely drove into the canal without knowing the difference.”
Street flooding was reported in portions of Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties throughout Sunday, as Eta was expected to bring between 6 and 12 inches of rain to the area, with isolated maximum storm totals of 18 inches, according to the National Hurricane Center.