Flood waters trap family at 2 North
Two women walked through flood water to safety from their stuck SUV and fire personnel had to rescue a family and their dog from their car stuck in the flood water at the bridge at east Road 2 North and Porcupine Pass Sunday afternoon.
A third vehicle also became stuck, but someone with a Jeep was able to pull it out. No one was hurt in any of the incidences.
Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) personnel, including its Technical Rescue Team, and the Prescott Fire Department (PFD) ladder truck and crew rescued the Chino Valley family - Antonio Quiroz, 34, Maria Ibanez, 25, her 4-year-old son and a dog at about 3:30 p.m. after a monsoon rainstorm. Debris clogged the bridge causing water to pour out both ends over the guardrails, reported Battalion Chief Jack Miller.
PFD placed the long ladder on its truck onto the hood of the family's car and had them climb out. The rungs of the ladder made it difficult for the dog, a medium-sized Chow, to walk across on the ladder, so crews put the dog in a bag and carried it out.
In the middle of the rescue, someone reported possibly seeing a child in the water downstream, because they saw a coat and a bicycle in the water and claw marks in mud on the side of the flooded area. Miller said rescue personnel investigated and could find nothing.
"That call turned out to be unfounded," Miller said.
CVFD had personnel on both sides of the bridge and a team downstream with what are called "throw bags," bags to throw out to a person who's washed downstream, Miller said.
Chino Valley Police spokesman, Sgt. Mark Garcia, said none of the drivers will face charges because no barricades were up at the bridge and no flood warning signs are placed at the bridge. He said the road remained closed all night.
Garcia wants to remind drivers that this time of year, monsoon rains come down quickly and flood the prairie area between the Prescott airport and Chino Valley, draining along the east side of Chino.