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Incredible video footage has surfaced of several men forming a human chain to rescue a woman from her car floating down Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, on July 30th during a devastating flood.

The dramatic moment a woman was rescued from her car as flood waters rushed through the streets was captured on camera by a local business owner in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Sara Arditti and other bystanders were watching the water gush through the city on Saturday from the safety of the doorstep of her business as cars were swept along the road, but then noticed that one of the vehicles had a woman inside.

As the car got stuck in front of the building, the group decided to form a human chain to rescue the woman.

Another shop owner, Jason Barnes, is seen slowly making his way through the flood waters. At one point he falls down due to the intensity of the water but manages to stand up again to help with the chain.

“My wife and I are business owners on Main St,” David Dempster, the man who shared the video, said. “I was standing at the entry of my shop at the top of the human chain holding the next man’s hand and filming with the other. The man who got washed away was incredibly lucky.”

Onlookers appear frustrated at first when the woman in the car doesn’t get out but gradually she makes her way through the passenger window into the arms of a helper who carries her to safety.

Authorities said two people were killed in the flooding and 120 others were rescued, according to NBC.

Other footage emerged from the aftermath of the flooding, showing a desolate town with properties severely damaged by the harsh weather.

The woman being rescued in the video, as well as the two women holding on to the car that was floating away, all survived.

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