By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (Information and Press Release)
Pictures: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue (Courtesy)
Golden Valley, Arizona: Multiple swiftwater rescues of people who drove their vehicles into flooded roadways occurred on Sunday, July 31st, 2022.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue, at about 6:30pm Sunday evening, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office began to receive multiple calls for help of people who had driven their vehicles into flooded roadways throughout the Golden Valley and north Kingman areas.
Deputies, Golden Valley Fire and Search and Rescue began responding to these locations as they were reported.
The calls emergency responders responded to included the following:
– A Jeep with two people that had entered into one to two feet deep waters near Chino Road and Bosque Road in Golden Valley (they were rescued by Golden Valley Fire)
– A SUV that was floating upside down in a wash with unknown occupants near Chino Road and Bosque Road in Golden Valley (single occupant self-rescued)
– A sedan with four people that had become stuck attempting to cross flowing waters, with water rushing around them on Chino Road near McNeal Road in Golden Valley (rescued and assisted to safety by Search and Rescue and Deputies)
– A truck that had entered a flooded roadway and became stranded on Shinarump near Agate Road in Golden Valley (he self-rescued once the waters receded – and this was the same location as the rescue that happened last week with the lady holding onto a sign)
– A SUV with a family of four who were fleeing their flooded homestead north of Kingman near Kaibito Blvd and ended up surrounded by water. The area was so immersed in water, that search teams had to walk about 3 miles to make contact with them. They were walked out and brought to town.
As search teams were responding to these different locations, there were several other vehicles that were observed that had also succumbed to the waterways.
As always, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office as well as all law enforcement and emergency responders agencies remind the public that flooded roadways are very dangerous – and those who survive them are very lucky.
The risk involved when entering a flooded roadway is not worth losing your life, the life of your family members or friends or any of the first responders that attempt to help.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, it’s easy to underestimate the force and power of water; it takes just 12 inches of water to carry away your vehicle.
Unless you want to risk paying steep fines in addition to risking your life, don’t drive around a “Road Closed” sign. It’s against the law.
If you survive, you may be cited and ordered (https://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00910.htm) to shell out up to $2,000 to any entity that incurs expenses rescuing you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all flood-related drownings occur when motorists attempt to cross a flooded road and are instead swept downstream.
So no matter how tired you are, how badly you want to relax, how hungry you are and how late you’ll be to an appointment, it’s not worth the trouble that can occur if you don’t just “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
Thanks to all the deputies, search and rescue crews and emergency responders who responded and helped during the multiple swiftwater rescues.