Monsoon travel tips - Tucson News Now

Monsoon travel tips

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Never attempt to cross a flooded wash that is the first tip Arizona drivers should remember.

In 2013 there were nearly 20 swift water rescues across Pima County and the City of Tucson.

Drivers need to remember what can happen when they do try and cross a flooded wash; three people were left stranded in a wash near Silverbell Road last year. A Blackhawk helicopter had to be sent out to assist with the rescue.

Dry washes can quickly become raging rivers and are dangerous to cross. Local fire departments are prepared to handle these kinds of calls, but officials say the emergency can be avoided. They continue to stress, never drive across moving water.

"Even if you think it looks shallow and it's not moving fast, it's very deceiving," said Northwest Fire District Captain Adam Goldberg. "You have no idea what the conditions of the roadway are under that water."

There are several other tips drivers should be aware of during the monsoon.

Stay inside until the rain and lightning have passed; if outside avoid downed power lines. If the car is in contact with one, do not get out of the vehicle. Stay inside the car until help arrives to avoid getting hurt by the electrical currents.

Of course the most important reminder is 'Pull aside, stay alive', for those who find themselves in a dust storm.

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