The Tucson Fire Department came to the rescue of a man stranded in the Pantano Wash Wednesday night following heavy rains.
The swift water rescue at the Pantano Wash near Kenyon Drive was reported at 11:21 p.m. The caller told authorities a person was clinging to a tree in the wash.
Unable to reach the man with a ladder truck, a rescue group of five firefighters entered the wash and were able to walk him out just before midnight.
During monsoons, washes can rise quickly. People are encouraged to stay away from creeks and washes during heavy rainfall.
Moving water that is 1 to 2 feet deep will carry away vehicles and can knock a person off their feet.
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.