SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Crews had to rescue a driver who got stuck in a flooded Scottsdale wash Thursday night, after a powerful monsoon storm dumped heavy rain across the Valley.
The car got stuck around 10 p.m. near Osborn and Miller roads in south Scottsdale.
Arizona's Family reporter Briana Whitney pulled up to the scene just as rescuers reached the man. The water was up to the car's hubcaps, and the driver was sitting on top of the car, waiting for help to arrive.
Arizona's Family was there as crews waded their way through the thigh-deep water to get to the car. They reached him and were able to help him down from the car. They then escorted him back across the flooded wash to dry land.
We spoke exclusively to the driver, Robert, who was rescued. "I got stuck in the storm," he told us. "It was raining real bad."
Robert told us he tried to wait it out for a little while, but then realized he needed help. "It just got deeper and deeper and deeper," he said.
Fire officials remind drivers of the slogan "Turn around, don't drown" as they caution about entering a flooded wash. Never drive on flooded roadways or around warning barriers. According to the National Service, more deaths occur each year from flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard. It only takes 12 inches of rushing water to float a small car. Two feet of rushing water is enough to float most vehicles.