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Car gets trapped on flooded road; driver rescued

Posted July 24

— Emergency crews rescued a driver from a car that got stuck on a flooded road in Apache Junction on Monday morning.

It happened at approximately 9 a.m. near 16th Avenue and Ironwood Drive.

The young female driver appeared upset and perhaps scared but she was not hurt.

"Some of these come on so sudden," said Capt. Mike Paul with the Superstition Fire & Medical District. "I did speak with the victim this morning. She said it was very slow moving when she drove through it and all of the sudden it was just there on her."

These water rescues are risky for everyone involved.

"There is dangers with any of the rescues that we do," Capt. Paul explained. "They're trained in it. We take all the precautions we can. We have people down stream. We have people up monitoring up stream from the incident to make sure there's no large debris."

Trees, small sheds and other structures can be carried through a wash after a downpour. Those objects could certainly be a hazard for emergency crews and the people they are trying to help.

Rescuers will typically advise people in these situations to stay inside their vehicles.

That was the advice this driver got when she called 911.

"The car is heavier. It's going to stay put a lot longer than if you were to step out and get washed down. It's easier for us to do a rescue. We know where you are at that point," said Capt. Paul. "We don't know what's down these washes so we like them to stay put."

In this case, rescuers were able to talk to the trapped driver on her cell phone and let her know to remain clam as they were formulating a plan while assembling crews.

"It may look like from their vantage point that not a lot's happening but a lot is happening," said Capt. Paul. "I can understand from her viewpoint that there are all these rescue crews it doesn't appear anything is happening but we assess the situation we come up with the right plan and that's for the safety of everybody."

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