TFD rescues two in early-morning swift water rescue

TFD rescues two in early-morning swift water rescue

The Tucson Fire Department rescued two people from the top of their car in an early-morning swift water rescue near Palo Verde High School.

TFD was called to the scene at 5:27 a.m., and the car was found near a pedestrian bridge near Calle Betelgeux and Avenida Sirio, according to TFD spokesman Barrett Baker. The vehicle was initially crossing a residential wash with fast-flowing water, and was swept down a wash, passing underneath the pedestrian bridge before it stopped.

The stranded people then moved to the top of the car and waited for help, according to Baker. The two told TFD that at its highest level, the water nearly reached the windshield of the vehicle. TFD was able to lower a straight ladder to the vehicle from the bridge, allowing the two stranded motorists to climb to safety.

According to TFD, most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles. Moving water one to two-feet-deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet.

Motorists should always heed posted barricades at flooded washes, and can face fines if they choose to ignore the warnings and drive past them.