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Firefighters rescue 2 from car trapped in flooded wash

Two people were rescued from this car Monday, Aug. 22.
Courtesy YCSO

Two people were rescued from this car Monday, Aug. 22.


Central Arizona Fire crews rescue two people trapped in their car by rising waters in a flooded wash on Monday.

DEWEY — Two people trapped in their car in a flooded wash were brought safely to dry ground Monday, Aug. 22 by Central Arizona Fire crews.

Firefighters were called to the wash, at Agua Fria Ranch Road and Winding View, about 3 p.m. after the driver attempted to drive through the flooded road.

They found the car, with two women inside, in the wash. Water was near the windows.

Firefighters with swiftwater rescue training were able to get to the car and bring the women out safely, Division Chief Rick Chase said

The two victims were not taken to the hospital, he added.

“This time of year, when we have flash flooding from the monsoons, people need to be aware of these low-water crossings and stay away from them,” Chase said.

Tips to remember

— Driving around barricades is illegal and dangerous.

— Do not let children play near storm drains or washes after a heavy rain.

— Avoid low-water crossings.

— Avoid camping in a wash or in the bottom of a canyon with steep side slopes.

— Be especially cautious at night. Flood dangers are much more difficult to see in the dark.

— Even a less serious urban flood can be dangerous. Driving too fast through standing water can cause a car to hydroplane. The best defense is to slow down or pull well off the road (with the lights off) for a few minutes to wait out heavy rains.

— Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.

— Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.

— Do not camp or park a vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.

If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc.

— Roadbeds may be washed out under floodwaters. Never drive through flooded roadways.

— If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.

— If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

— As little as 10 inches of water can float average-sized cars, mini-vans, SUVs and trucks. Strength of the flow is the critical force.

— When in doubt, wait it out, or find a safer route.

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