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Tucson floods result in multiple fire department rescues

Posted at 7:33 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 21:41:25-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tonight, skies are clear in Tucson, but earlier today local fire departments had their hands full with multiple swift water rescues.

First, just before 5 a.m.,Tucson Fire rescued a man near River and Camino de la Tierra. TFD said he was unharmed and that crews had rescued him just minutes before rushing waters swept his car downstream.

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Two hours later, the Pima County Sheriff's Department helped a woman and a child to safety near the Old Spanish Trail and Rincon Creek. PCSD said both of them were also not hurt during the process.

And finally, Rural Metro had a swift water rescue call around 8 a.m., where a man and child were stranded in a truck near Tanque Verde and Wentworth. Luckily, they were able to rescue themselves.

Rural Metro officials say it's not common that people stuck in deep rushing waters are able to rescue themselves.

Typically, drivers are advised to avoid water that is over 6 inches deep, which, according to the City of Tucson, can cause the following: loss of control of the vehicle or possible stalling, and cars can begin floating in a foot of water.

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