Dramatic video shows woman, dog rescued from car sinking in Louisiana flood waters

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- A woman and her dog survived drowning in Louisiana's flood waters, thanks to some men who arrived just as her car began sinking.

The rescue was all captured on video. The men broke a window on the sinking car to pull the woman out. Then, one them dove back under to try and save the woman's dog. He came back with the pup in his arms.

The woman and the dog are said to be doing fine.

More than 24 inches of rain have fallen since Wednesday in Livingston, near Baton Rouge, making the disaster an extremely rare weather event, according to the National Weather Service. The statistical chance of such flooding occurring in any given year is 1%, the weather service said.

Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters Sunday that more than 20,000 people had to be rescued from their homes over the weekend.

The floodwaters have claimed at least five lives -- one in Tangipahoa Parish, two in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in St. Helena Parish.