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Multiple people get caught in rising flood waters following storm

Car stuck in the wash located on Yale & Fordham Drive. - Alfredo Valenzuela

Multiple people get caught in rising flood waters following storm

By Taylor Higgins . CREATED Jul 20, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Emergency crews responded to multiple swift water rescues during Saturday's storms.
 
Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department tells KGUN9 that as storms hit hard on the eastside, several people got stuck in rising flood waters.
 
Crews first received a call about a red Mazda that was trapped in water near Creek Street and Bonanza Avenue at around 3:20 p.m., according to Baker. A man was trapped in his vehicle, but he was able to get out before crews arrived on scene.
 
Emergency medical crews took a second call at around 3:35 p.m. regarding a woman who was swept away near 650 N. Mann Road. Several crews responded to the area, along with a Tucson Police Department helicopter, Baker said.
 
Crews found her soaking wet and covered in sand near Edgemont Street and the Rose Hill Wash, Baker said. EMTs transported the woman to the hospital for treatment, according to Baker.
 
Crews took their final call just after 4:00 p.m. They responded to Pantano Parkway and Golf Links Road for another person in a wash, Baker said.
 
Baker says that the battalion chief on scene was able to make contact with the person in the wash, a 17 year old male, and help him self rescue and exit the wash safely.
 
Baker wants to remind people that during the monsoon season, washes can rise very quickly. He offers these tips for safety:
 
• Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles
• Moving water 1-2 feet deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet
• Keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area
• Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see

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