San Diego Fire-Rescue responds to weather-related emergency rescues
Published - 01/23/17 - 12:45 PM | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department lifeguards and firefighters are bracing for another wave of rain overnight. While emergency crews have been busy with the usual traffic collisions and some minor flooding, they also have responded to roughly 90 calls which resulted in 27 weather-related emergency rescues in a three-hour time period.

"With another round of heavy rain headed our way, our rescue teams, emergency equipment and personnel stand ready to protect and serve the citizens of San Diego," said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Ricci. "We have three teams of swiftwater rescue personnel stationed and patrolling flood prone areas in Sorrento Valley, the San Diego River area and the Tijuana River Valley."

Additionally, reports of significant damage and debris have been received including downed electrical wires and uprooted trees. This has resulted in a request for two additional wildland firefighting crews from CAL-FIRE to assist with the damage calls from the latest storm.

SDFD again reminds residents to avoid flood prone areas, if possible. By taking these simple steps, they can protect themselves from injury and their property from storm damage.

· Obey all warning signs and barricades.

· Do not walk through flowing water. It only takes a small amount of water to knock you off your feet.

· Never drive through flooded areas where you cannot see the pavement.

· If you become stranded in your car by moving water, stay with your vehicle and move to the hood or roof of water continues to rise.

· Listen to weather reports to get updates on condition in your area or direction of travel.

For more information and updates, follow SDFD on their social media platforms.
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