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Emergency crews perform water rescue in BCC; no injuries reported

1/14/2016

BLACK CANYON CITY – A man and a child were rescued from a vehicle stuck in a flooded roadway in the Mud Springs/Squaw Valley area in Black Canyon City on Jan. 6. No injuries to the vehicle occupants or the responding rescue crews were reported.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department led the rescue, as the Black Canyon City fire department is limited in resources, and assistance for this rescue was needed. Daisy Mountain Fire Captain Dave Wilson noted that, due to the risks involved with water rescues, a significant amount of resources are utilized and assistance from other agencies is not uncommon.

“Water rescues can be very dangerous for both the victims as well as responders,” Wilson emphasized.

About three inches of rain fell in the Black Canyon City area last week. This kind of heavy rainfall can create fast-moving water that even large vehicles can’t safely navigate.

The Arizona Department of Transportation calls water “a powerful force that should not be underestimated.”

“Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep,” ADOT emphasizes in online driving safety tips. “Even a few inches of running water poses a serious risk.”

The swift movement of floodwaters makes it impossible to judge the speed of the current and the road conditions underneath.

“As always, we recommend that drivers never attempt to cross flooded roadways,” Wilson said. “There is never a way to gauge the speed or depth of the water. Furthermore, the road may be washed away and drivers can find themselves in trouble quickly. Go around, find another route, or just plain wait until the water has receded and the road is passable.”