Family saved in swift water rescue north of Willcox | Environment
The call came in to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office at 5:18 p.m. on August 29 reported CCSO officials.
A vehicle was stuck in a wash on Old Stewart Road, just north of Willcox. CCSO’s Search and Rescue team was called to the scene, and upon arrival saw a 1996 Hummer in the middle of the road, surrounded by more than four feet of running water.
According to the Search and Rescue team they were able to secure a rope between the rescue vehicle and the Hummer and assist two young girls from the vehicle. They then helped the husband and wife that were stranded as well.
The husband informed the Search and Rescue team about how they ended up stranded in the roadway. According to the man he and his family were at their home off Old Stewart Road, when rain water began flooding the house. The water reached their waists before the family was able to get in the Hummer and leave, according to the rescued man the vehicle had not gotten very far toward Willcox when it too was overrun by flood water. It was at this point, the man said, that he called 911 to ask for assistance.
According to CCSO the family had been stranded in the vehicle between 45 minutes to an hour before the Search and Rescue team arrived.
No injuries were reported in this rescue, according to CCSO. The family was taken into Willcox where they made lodging arrangements for the evening.
CCSO is taking this opportunity to remind residents of the dangers of flash flooding, stating floods can occur within seconds and puts lives in danger. CCSO advises to remain alert and watch for floods, especially during monsoon.