Ontario, CA: Vehicle pulled from flooded street by a NBC 4 Photojournalist.

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Ontario, CA: Vehicle pulled from flooded street by a NBC 4 Photojournalist.

Heavy rain fell over Ontario, California causing streets to flood on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015.

The driver of this vehicle got stuck in the flooded street near Francis Street and Grove Avenue in Ontario, California.

Photojournalist Alex Vasquez from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 helped pulled out the Dodge Charger from the flooded street.

** Picture above from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

Walter Montana, the owner of the vehicle, tells KNBC Channel 4 Inland Empire News Reporter Tony Shin that, “My wife was driving the car home, she made a turn onto the street, a car in front of her stalled out, she tried to go around and gave a little gas which flooded the car and now its just… it won’t start, it won’t move, but we’re trying to pull it out now.”

The intersection of Francis Street and Grove Avenue was later closed until the water drained away.

** Read and watch more on this news story at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Weather-Rain-Los-Angeles-Storm-Southern-California-Forecast-327663391.html

The heavy rain was from a storm system that earlier unleashed heavy rain across Los Angeles County, California leading to rescues along the Los Angeles River and putting a house at risk of collapsing into the flood control wash.

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

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According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, 3 people and a dog were rescued after being caught in a tree after swift waters rose in the Los Angeles River in Cypress Park, California.

Another reported rescue involving 2 people happened along the San Jose Creek near Interstate 605 near Whittier, California.

Fire department crews rescued the 2 people and were later assessed by paramedics.

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A few miles up the ways, high water coursing down the Rubio Wash destroyed a retaining wall and in turn putting a house at risk of collapsing into the flood control wash.

The water eroded a temporary concrete retaining wall that was erected as part of a rail bridge construction project next to the home on the 5300 block of Pondosa Avenue in San Gabriel, California.

According to LA County Department of Public Works, the home had to be red-tagged due to the damage and which was connected to work on a nearby rail bridge over the wash.

The work being done along the railroad tracks is part of the that Alameda Corridor-East Project, a series of rail crossing improvements designed to increase safety and ease the flow of train traffic through the San Gabriel Valley, California.

Authorities are saying that the home’s residents were evacuated and nobody was reported injured.

The National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns drivers to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when you come up to a flooded road, highway, or interstate.

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water.

Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.

It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters, including a flash flooded creek, wash, or channel after a heavy storm.

** More information regarding Flood Safety is at the following National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website address: **

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/

 

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