Jul 6, 2014 8:27 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Two swift water rescues highlight dangers of washes during Monsoon

TUCSON - First responders were called out to two separate water rescues following Saturday's storm - a harsh reminder of the dangers the Monsoon can create.

Search and rescue crews continued the search on Sunday morning for a man who reportedly went missing Saturday night in the Flowing Wells Wash near Romero and Prince. Crews continued that search three miles down the waterway but were unable to locate the man.

"We talk so heavily about trying to keep people out of washes and unfortunately this is our worst-case scenario," said Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker.

In a separate swift water rescue on the east side, fire crews rescued two people from the top of their car which was engulfed in water.

"If they decide to go out and they get trapped in a wash by going through a barricade or through the running water, other people have to rescue them and you're putting their lives at risk also," said Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Tracy Suitt.

These incidents highlight the sheer power mother nature can create and the dangers that come with it.

"Three hundred and forty days out of the year, [the washes are] dry... but when they fill up with water - that water went in a matter of minutes from a foot and a half to a five foot crest," said Rick Selting, who manages the RV park next to the Flowing Wells Wash.


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