VIDEO: Bystanders rescue driver from rising water

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A group of bystanders performed a daring rescue when a young woman became trapped in rising water in Conroe.

It's the type of situation we all fear: rushing water, heavy rain and nowhere to go.

A young woman had to rescued from her car as rushing water started to get inside her vehicle on Thursday evening. She is crediting a crew of employees from Saltgrass Steakhouse on 45 north near 105 for performing the daring rescue, which was caught entirely on camera.

"We saw the minvan up there, and my friend Corey and I had been we were discussing we should go help them out," said Alex Villarreal.

The young woman inside that minivan was 19-year-old Antoinette Williams.

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"I was already panicking a little bit because of how heavy the rain was I couldn't see at all," said Williams.

As the water continued to rise, Williams knew she had to get out somehow.

"I'm so thankful and happy they were there," she said.

Employees from Saltgrass Steakhouse noticed the young woman and immediately ran out to help.

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"The one thing that was going through my mind was, 'Man if we slip, we are (done),'" he said.

Water was moving so fast Corey Mangrum took a fall.

"A huge piece of wood came right at us. We tried to stop it, but it hit me," said Mangrum.

Eventually they placed a ladder on the window.

"We all held together as a chain," said Mangrum.

Williams was able to crawl to safety.

"It was a surreal moment," she said.

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The employees said they would do it all over again if they had to. Williams is just grateful.

"All I just want to say is thank you so much cause they really did save my life," she said. "I could have drowned."
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