11 rescued from flooded wash; vehicles stuck in storm debris


by Ashleigh Barry

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Additional reporting by Javier Soto

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 12:35 PM

PHOENIX, AZ - Flooding caused major headaches for drivers in south Phoenix Tuesday. Around 6:30 p.m., at the height of the rain storm, cars became trapped at South 19th Avenue and Dobbins Road.

Rescue crews had a very difficult time getting to the victims because the area was so saturated with water from the rain and an overflowing nearby canal. Eleven people had to be extricated from their vehicles and one of those victims suffered a medical condition and had to be carried to an ambulance.

Rescue crews say all of the other victims were shaken, but not injured.

Phoenix fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra says this particular wash likely came out of nowhere and there was nothing these drivers could have done to avoid being trapped. He told 3TV that  people need to be aware of just how dangerous this situation can be.

"When these washes come that's part of the dangers, there's moving debris, there's isolated debris out there and again those cause the vehicles to turn to the side," he said.

Marlene Montano's car became stuck.

"You could feel the debris. You could feel the rocks moving underneath the vehicle and hitting your car as you were driving through,"she described. "It is a helpless feeling because you don't really know what to do at that point."

Dobbins Road will remain closed until all of the cars are removed from the wash and the road is clear of debris.