Woman rescued dog from flooded laundry in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Northwest Fire District crews joined other first responder agencies Saturday night to rescue a woman and her dog stuck from a flooded Tucson laundry.

Around 8 p.m., NWF and Tucson Fire teams on Camino de la Tierra and River Road came forward with a report of a vehicle stuck in a car wash, NWF officials said.

During the rescue, the crews tried to move on foot, but high running water made it difficult to do so.

At some point, the woman was able to get herself and the dog on the roof of the vehicle, NWF officials say.

Last night, AIR2 turned the darkness into light with our #Nightsun searchlight, illuminating the scene of a dangerous rapid water rescue that threatened the lives of a woman and her K9 companion who were clinging to the roof of their vehicle. Great job @TucsonFireDept and Northwest Fire Dept. pic.twitter.com/TlexASKoX6

– TucsonPoliceAir (@tucson_air) August 15, 2021

Moments later, a helicopter responded to the rescue, but access was restricted due to power lines near the area, NWF officials say.

After several attempts to rescue the woman and dog, TFD crews reached out their ladder to reach the woman and give her a life jacket and a life preserver.

After the woman had put on the safety vest, she and the dog were taken to safety.

NWF officials say the rising water made the rescue dangerous for everyone involved.

The public is reminded to avoid all flooded areas.




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