Northwest Fire crews responded to three swift water rescues this afternoon as monsoon storms brought heavy rain and winds to the Tucson area.
Crews rescued a stranded motorist at Camino de Oeste shortly before 4 p.m. The vehicle was seen stalled in the road as water flowed around it.
Stranded motorist Camino de Oeste and Snow Leopard. 3 more reported at Thornydale and Overton, Linda Vista and Highline, and Calle Maverick and Cerius Stravenue pic.twitter.com/6TaLegvxVv— Northwest Fire (@NorthwestFire) August 22, 2018
The remaining rescues were reported at Linda Vista Boulevard and Highline Avenue and West Calle Maverick and North Cerius Stravenue. Crews were dispatched as rains flooded roads on the city's northwest side.
Thornydale Road near Cortaro. Heavy rain, hail, wind, and low visibility. pic.twitter.com/GFEtD99y3B— Northwest Fire (@NorthwestFire) August 22, 2018
Additional information about the incidents has not been released.
Flash Flood Safety Tips:
Check the forecast
Before you head out, check the weather forecast for expected storm activity. Floods can be caused by rainfall miles away.
Avoid afternoon hikes
If you go hiking, only hike in the morning. Storms usually occur in the afternoons and evenings.
Don't risk it
If you see dark clouds or lightning, or if you hear thunder, pack up and go home. Flooding happens suddenly and without warning, the Pima County Sheriff's Department warned.
Avoid areas prone to flooding
Stream beads, narrow canyons and washes are all subject to flooding. Also, if you see an area with flash flood warning signs posted, be extra cautious.
Avoid flowing water
Do not cross any flowing water or flooded trails, in your car or on foot. If there's flowing water, find another route.
Move to higher ground
If you see or hear a flood coming, don't try to outrun it. Search and move to higher ground as quickly as you can.