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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - Flash floods can strike quickly and can potentially cause a dangerous situation if you're in a vehicle.

One woman found herself in a submerged vehicle when she drove into a drainage ditch flooded with water at the Southgate Mall in Muscle Shoals.

It created a problem at the mall for drivers who were caught off-guard by the heavy rainfall.

"There was running water, moving water, across the roadway. When she stopped at the stop sign, the current of the water pulled her vehicle into the drainage ditch," said Captain Tommy Skipworth of Muscle Shoals Police Department. "If there's moving water in the roadway, you need to stop and go the other way."

Below are some photos of cars submerged at the mall from the Muscle Shoals Police Department.

Kaycee Karcher shot video of a group of men banding together to save the driver. Her husband Scott was one of those men.

"My husband is just glad he was at the right place at the right time," Karcher said. 

The men locked hands and directed the female driver to the back of the vehicle where she could get out unharmed.

EMA officials stress the motto "Turn Around - Don't Drown." Attempting to drive through flash flooding is dangerous - sections of the road that appear visible may be much deeper than expected.

A good rule of thumb - if you can't see the road, don't drive through it.

"You don't know what's under that water," noted Capt. Skipworth. "And just like it did this vehicle, it didn't matter how much the vehicle weighed. The current of the water was so strong is just lifted the vehicle up."

Muscle Shoals Police are not concerned about future rains at the site where the drivers ran into trouble Friday. They are thankful for a safe ending to the rescue effort from first responders, and citizens.