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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue conducts swift water rescue

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Las Vegas Fire & Rescue conducts swift water rescue

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Aug 25, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas firefighters rescued one adult and one child from a car that was surrounded by rising flood water Sunday afternoon.

After they were rescued, firefighters took them down the road to relatives waiting on U.S. 95 at Kyle Canyon Road.

The call came into dispatchers around 2:40 p.m.

When crews responded, flood waters were raging on the road up Kyle Canyon Road. When they came to Scottie Street, a ladder truck and fire engine proceeded down Scottie because they are higher off the road than standard vehicles.

They came upon an auto that had raging water all around it with water reaching the bottom of the car doors.

Using personal flotation devices and ropes, firefighters brought the two from the car into the ladder truck to safety.

After firefighters left the scene, they said conditions worsened.

Units blocked off Kyle Canyon Road at U.S. 95 until the Nevada Highway Patrol arrived to take over traffic duties to prevent people from driving in flood waters.

Water was also rushing across U.S. 95 between Kyle Canyon Road and Durango Drive, and once again firefighters blocked the road until NHP arrived.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said from 2:30-7:30 p.m. there were 18 swift water rescue calls that were handled by the Fire Alarm Office (Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Clark County).

10 were handled by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

The most serious was the call at 2:40 p.m. off Kyle Canyon Road. Many were stalled vehicles in deep water.

The hardest hit area was Centennial Hills due to the run off from the Carpenter 1 wildfire area.

There were no reported injuries.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.