The driver of a Jeep misjudged the depth of the water in a parking lot on Charles Street in Providence early Sunday morning and ended up in the Moshassuck River.
The driver was able to pull himself out before the water took his car downstream.
"Crews were not able to remove the car because the river was raging at that time, overflowing. The current was just too strong," said Capt. George Stamatakos of the Providence Police Department.
The Jeep traveled nearly two-tenths of a mile away, where it stayed lodged near a bridge for more than 24 hours.
On Monday, crews pulled the Jeep from the river.
"It was impressive, but it was pretty simple. There were many jobs more tough than that," said Anthony Coletta of Coletta's Garage, who helped pull the car from the river.
Coletta was prepared. He had rescue crews in waterproof suits ready to jump in the water just in case.
"People need to be aware when there is severe weather it can change in a moment's notice. The safest thing is to stay at home," Stamatakos said.