2 rescued from wash in early storm today

2014-08-17T06:59:00Z 2014-08-17T16:35:56Z 2 rescued from wash in early storm todayArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 17, 2014 6:59 am  • 

Two females were rescued early on Sunday after the car they were riding was swept away in a wash.

The rescue happened around 5:30 a.m. when a red passenger vehicle had become stuck in a residential wash near East 22nd Street and South Kolb Road by Palo Verde High School.

The incident occurred after the driver of the vehicle tried to cross the wash from a nearby road. The depths and the force of the water moved their car off the road and on to the wash, said Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department.

The vehicle stopped near a pedestrian bridge and the two females were able to climb to the roof of the vehicle. A call to 911 was placed.

Firefighters were able to lower a 14-foot ladder to the car from the pedestrian bridge. Both people were able to climb to safety from the roof of the vehicle, Baker said.

There were no injuries.

Sunday’s storm resulted in in heavy rain across the southern and eastern portions of the Tucson area.

The National Weather Service in Tucson said the heaviest rainfall occurred in the area of East Valencia and South Kolb roads. An automated rain gauge at the Pima Air Museum reported 1.42 inches, the weather service reported.

The rainfall at Tucson International Airport was recorded at 0.75 inches.

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