"The people appeared to be in possible imminent danger so we decided to use the helicopter to basically not put their lives in any more risk than necessary," says Phoenix Fire Capt. Tupac Enrique.
The video shows a firefighter being flown over the SUV. He then places a life preserver on the man, who already has some safety equipment on. The firefighter then straps him into his harness and the pair were flown to dry land.
The other man was also flown to safety.
Both were not hurt.
Alm says they underestimated the power of the water and it hit them quick
"It went real fast out of control," said Alm.
Enrique said water can be unpredictable and dominating.
"Water is a very powerful force once it starts moving. You have no real control over it. The car can become basically like a raft temporarily and you have no idea what it's gonna do once it starts moving in the water," Enrique said.
Alm said it was a scary experience but he and his father are grateful to the rescue crew for saving them.
"They did a tremendous job," Alm said.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, this was one of at least five water rescues that happened on Saturday morning.
Heavy rains associated with Winter Storm Kori hit Maricopa County in mid-afternoon Friday and intensified throughout the evening. The northwest Valley had significant rainfall leading to flash flooding in and around washes.