The Tucson Fire Department yesterday (TFD) rescued four people from their SUV, near Lee Street and 9th Avenue, after they were swept downstream and were trapped in the vehicle with water up to the windshield. Ladder 01 was en route to another call when the crew noticed the headlights from the stranded vehicle. They were able to see the family still in the vehicle and immediately began performing a rescue. The ladder was extended to the SUV and the four people were pulled out of the door and onto the roof of the vehicle. They were then assisted into the bucket of the ladder and moved to safety.
The family consisted of an adult male and female with their teenage son and the approximately 80-year-old mother of one of the adults. The family was uninjured and didn't require any further medical attention. Ladder 01 then continued onto its original call.
There were approximately nine other water-related calls in the city during yesterday's powerful thunderstorm. TFD urges motorists to stay away from flowing washes during storms, saying as little as a foot or two of water can carry away most vehicles.