Mother of four recounts harrowing rescue from flooded vehicle

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RICHWOODS, MO (KTVI) - We are learning more about the dramatic moments leading up to a water rescue, from a mother who experienced it firsthand.

Michelle Betts and her husband Shannon struggled to keep their four children safe and steady on top of their car as raging waters swirled around them.

"My husband had his foot locked in the window and I have my baby and I was like Jesus if you don't help us, we're going to die tonight. My whole family is just, we're going to die," said Michelle Betts.

The trouble started as Michelle her husband and four kids were leaving church Wednesday night after service. She's the worship leader at Book of Acts Church in Richwoods, Missouri.

It was dark outside, pouring down rain, and the roadways were wet. Just about a mile away from their house, their car hit water. The water began to quickly creep into the car.

"I started to panic a little bit. I was like, ‘Oh my God, my feet are in water,’" Michelle said.

The family of six piled on top of their sedan, called 911, and watched the water engulf their car.

Rescue crews showed up, but conditions were too dangerous, preventing them from reaching the family.

For two hours, the family prayed on top of the car.

"I'm like, if this car does like I've always seen them do, we're going to float and if we float, we're going to go off in that creek and that's going to be the end of it," Michelle said.

"We just prayed and we prayed and the water came up and I said, ‘We gotta pray that this car is rooted here. It cannot move. It can't move.’"

Once the rains stopped and the water receded, rescuers were finally able to reach the Betts, who were soaking wet, cold and shaken, but not injured.

Michelle feels her faith and the power of prayer kept them safe.

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