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Hikers rescued after creek floods

Authorities suggest checking weather before hiking near a creek during monsoon season

Four hikers had to be rescued near Walker Road behind the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott Saturday afternoon, July 15, when a flashflood trapped them on a trail.

“Hikers went out, it started raining, the creek crossing where the trail goes through the creek started flooding and they were stuck on the other side of it,” said Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Scott Luedeman.

At first, two engines, a rescue vehicle, Luedeman and a Lifeline ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

“Our first engine hiked in, found them via a ping off of their cell phones and deemed that we didn’t need the other crew,” Luedeman said.

The crew that found the hikers then used some ropes to assist the hikers to cross the flooded area. None of the hikers were injured in the incident.

“We suggest that all hikers check the weather before going outside during this monsoon season and know the hazardous creeks in their area,” Luedeman said.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein, email him at mefrein@prescottaz.com or call him at 928-445-3333, ext. 1105.