Dramatic moment California rescuers save people from car trapped in flood water as state is drenched by ‘historic’ rainfall: San Francisco sees second-wettest day in 174 YEARS
- A California group was rescued Saturday evening from a flooded street
- Five people were rescued from cars on an off ramp in Tustin, California
- Four of the five were taken to their nearby home where they are recovering
- The rescue comes as California continues to experience historical rainfall totals
This is the dramatic moment California firefighters rescued a group of people from a car trapped in floodwaters.
The clip, shared by the Orange County Fire Authority, showed one adult who was sitting on a car rescued and four adults inside a car rescued while waiting on an off-ramp to Highway 55.
In total, five people were rescued and transported from the scene in Tustin.
The save comes as California continued to see severe weather, including some of the heaviest rainfall totals the Golden State has had in nearly 200 years.
San Francisco was lashed with the second heaviest rainfall it has seen in 174 years – since 1849.
The rescuers pulled the individuals from the stranded cars late Saturday evening
In video from Saturday’s rescue, crews from the City of Tustin’s fire department and the Orange County Fire Authority can be seen rowing in a rescue boat to stranded vehicles.
The group of rescuers pull passengers into the boat as rain pounds down.
‘OCFA technical rescue truck FF’s rowed a rescue boat out to bring 3 of them to safety after 2 walked out on their own. All 5 were assessed by FFPM’s & were uninjured,’ the Orange County Fire Authority said in a tweet.
Four of the individuals were transported to their nearby home by an ambulance.
Orange County officials thanked California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Transportation for their help in the assist.
While the rain in SoCal has been welcomed after months of drought-like conditions, the weather has also caused major issues statewide, specifically in Northern California.
One person was saved from the top of a car while four others were pulled from inside a submerged vehicle
The group of rescuers brought the individuals to safety in a rescue boat
The cars were stuck on an off-ramp to Highway 55 in Orange County, California
Downtown San Francisco recorded its second wettest single day in history Saturday after measuring 5.46 inches of rain.
‘This makes it the second wettest day in the 170+ years of records at that site, just 0.08′ less than 1st place (11/5/1994) with 5.54,’ the National Weather Service said.
The rainfall from Friday to Saturday made up nearly 47 percent of San Francisco’s total rainfall for all of December.
Highway 101 which connects San Francisco to the Peninsula was shutdown for flooding for much of the day Saturday.
Oakland reported its wettest day in history on Sunday with 4.75 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
The previous record had been set in January 1982, according to the National Weather Service.
Astonishing video from Sacramento County Sunday morning showed drivers attempting to brave through heavy waters on roadways and highways.
One clip shows a rescuer standing on a completely submerged vehicle helicopters fly overhead to look for stranded cars and individuals.
The rainfall contributed to the overflow of rivers, including the Cosumnes and Mokelumne, in the Sacramento area.
On Saturday evening, officials said the Cosumnes River alone was expected to reach 15.5 feet.
As of Sunday morning, Highway 99 was closed due to the ongoing flooding and overflow from the rivers.
‘SR-99 north and south will be closed with no estimated time of opening due to flooding from the Cosumnes River. Avoid traveling anywhere near the surrounding areas of Wilton, Herald and outlying region of Galt,’ the National Weather Service said.
Local officials declared a state of emergency and urged residents to consider evacuating.
Evacuations were also ordered for multiple Northern California areas including El Dorado County and Santa Cruz County.
In one community just east of San Francisco, local police came to the rescue of more than a dozen elderly individuals who needed assistance.
San Ramon police lieutenant Tami Williams said officials used armored vehicles to help 13 ‘senior citizens who needed assistance with evacuations due to flooding.’
Officials have urged drivers to turn around if they come to flooded waters.
Sacramento firefighters over the weekend rescued teenagers from tree limbs after they became entrapped while driving through floodwaters.
The storm also knocked out power to more than 179,000 homes in California as of Sunday morning, according to poweroutage.us.
The situation is far from over, as well.
‘We are in for an extended wet pattern where these saturated soils won’t have time to really dry out,’ the National Weather Service said.
‘The only break we get from rain will happen on Jan 1, but then more rain occur Jan 2-5 with a third moderate atmospheric river moving into our region around Jan 4-5.’
The category 3 atmospheric river that struck the Central Coast of California earlier this week, flooded the Bay Area communities well into Sunday.
The National Weather Service had issued a flood advisory for the Bay Area that started Tuesday morning.
One Northern California meteorologist described the system as a ‘parade of storms.’
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