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CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reports a woman from Addison who rescues dogs was found caught in a sewer trying to locate one of her animals.

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- She rescues dogs. But a suburban woman ended up needing to be rescued herself, trapped for hours inside a sewer. CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot live in Addison with the incredible video you'll only see on 2. Suzanne.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Brad, she started her search right here. Take a look at this enormous storm drain that you see right here. She said that she saw some paw prints. So she decided to go inside. But what she did not know is that she would be underground for nearly three hours. She'd be doing an army crawl trying to find her way out. And then, on top of that, the batteries inside her flashlight died.

This video shows the Addison Fire Protection District arriving at a storm grate to rescue dog lover Kris Bylica. First, you see her drenched jacket emerge.

- Watch your head.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Then you see them lift Bylica to safety.

KRIS BYLICA: I was lucky I didn't die down there.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Bylica had been searching inside the storm drain for seven-month-old Shelby. The shepherd-hound mix was in Bylica's care as part of her volunteer work with Kentucky Mutts and Rescue. The puppy jumped a five-foot fence in her backyard and has been missing for more than a week.

Bylica and a team of volunteers searched the community on foot Saturday. When Bylica entered this storm drain after seeing paw prints, she didn't find Shelby, but, instead, endured a very harrowing experience as the water around her started getting higher.

KRIS BYLICA: It started raising, I would guess, over six inches. And it was starting to cover most of my body.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: The signal on her phone was going in and out. Her flashlight died. When she finally got here, she was able to lift her phone up to the grate and get a signal. She texted members of the dog-rescue team, who called 911.

CHRIS MANSFIELD: And when we got there, and her actually at the storm drain underground, it was quite a shock. Storm drains in confined spaces are very dangerous. Around about every year, about 100 people die in general service and construction in confined spaces.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Bylica had pushed this blue leash through a grate opening so the five firefighters would know where to find her. She expressed her gratitude when reuniting with Battalion Chief Chris Mansfield, who was part of the team that rescued her.

KRIS BYLICA: Thank you so much for coming out and helping me.

CHRIS MANSFIELD: Oh, you're very welcome.

KRIS BYLICA: And I won't do it again.

CHRIS MANSFIELD: That's probably a good thing.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Now, coincidentally, firefighters had just done storm-drain rescue training just hours before they rescued Bylica. Now, Shelby was last seen yesterday on the east side of 355, just south of Army Trail Road. If you see her, we've got the Animal Rescue's contact information on our website.

She was supposed to head to Minnesota to be with a family that had just adopted her. In Addison, Suzanne Le Mignot, CBS 2 News.