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Don't Get Swept Away

Heavy rains make for dangerous waterways.news_stormwatch

With the Santa Clara River living up to its name and miniature streams and lakes forming all over the valley, the Los Angeles County Fire Department is reminding everyone to use extra caution. Heavy rains bring swift currents to storm drains and waterways, which can be extremely dangerous to anyone accidentally swept away.

 

"It looks shallow and it looks ... harmless, but it takes about two inches of water to pull people off their feet," said English. "And it's not just the water movement. It's rocks and debris and trees that have been sitting in those waterways and are now moving along with the water that really could potentially harm or kill somebody if they got caught in them."

 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has three helicopters equipped and staffed for swiftwater rescue. There are also five different ground-based swiftwater teams throughout the county, one of which is stationed at Fire Station #73 on Railroad Avenue.