On February 14, 2019 at 10 PM Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District was dispatched to a report of water rising in the area of Rimrock Dr. Upon arrival the street was found to be flooded so units repositioned and began assessing the area. A van tried to cross the road and was unable to go any further so a swift water technician team assembled and was able to make a rescue of all 4 occupants in the van and 2 dogs utilizing a haul system and a boat. The team then started doing low water rescues and going door to door to assist in evacuation of some of the residents, while some residents chose to shelter in their homes. The boat and haul team were again utilized to get an elderly person out of her house due to rising flood waters.
At another location, units comprising of swift water technicians from Copper Canyon Fire and Sedona Fire were able to successfully remove 8 people from a residence on foot. All people evacuated or rescued were evaluated for injuries and transported to a Red Cross location set up at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church. The location also had a setup to shelter small pets. In all, 13 people and 2 dogs were safely removed to the Red Cross location.
There were units from Copper Canyon, Sedona and Verde Valley Fire used to rescue and transport people removed from their homes. Yavapai County Sheriffs were used to help with rescues and traffic control and Yavapai County Emergency Management was activated and were able to get resources to set up the Red Cross location and future needs.
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical
Photos courtesy of Mikki Weissinger