Swift Water Rescue
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Five days after Harvey came ashore near Corpus Christi, Texas, record-setting rainfall in Houston continues to push floodwaters higher and higher.
Hurricane Harvey turned interstate highways into rivers and put numerous subdivisions around Houston under half a dozen feet or more of water. The most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, Harvey lingered along the Gulf Coast, drenching the region with a year’s worth of rain in the span of a week.
These photos give an intimate look at the current efforts to rescue residents and shelter evacuees. Read more…
Monday, May 1, 2017, – Good Samaritans in Texas worked together to rescue an infant and toddler from an overturned vehicle trapped in a torrent of flood water on Saturday (April 29). The video featured above shows how the dramatic rescue unfolded. With the help of tools and their bare hands, passer-by’s were able to pry open the doors and get inside. The good Samaritans then dragged the children to safety and helped to resuscitate them. The children’s father was also in the vehicle, WFAA reported.The incident took place near Myrtle Springs — about 10 miles north of Canton where a deadly tornado left a path of destruction. According to Phillip Ocheltree, he and his family were leaving their home to escape flooding when their truck “hydroplaned” off the wet road and flipped into a ditch. On his Facebook page, Ocheltree said that his baby son, Marshal, was doing well and that his two-year-old daughter, Addy, was “stable and doing much better,” late on April 30.
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Red and yellow helmets bobbed up and down as budding firemen traversed the rocks that form the First Street rapids in the Deschutes River in Bend.It was an initiation of sorts for the five new firefighter/paramedics that started with the department on March 13. The five are spending the week learning how to rescue people in various situations as the department gets ready for summer. Tuesday was swift-water rescue, and the crew set up a zip line to carry each person across a dangerous stretch of the river.Knowing how to rescue recreationists from the city’s water systems is a crucial part of the job. Engineer Will Akins said the department responds to a request for a water rescue weekly in the summer.“It is so attractive,” Battalion Chief Dave Howe said of water recreation. “It’s so fun, but most people are just very unaware of the power of moving water. It’s easy to get in trouble in the river.”While most water rescues are serious situations, on Tuesday hoots and hollers echoed off the water as enthusiastic firemen were pulled from the rapid.“This is a blast,” said incoming firefighter/paramedic Austin Peters. “These are pretty thick wetsuits, so you’re not really feeling any temperature, and the sun has been nice enough to come out for most of the day too. So it’s been really nice.”Monday, the crew was at Tumalo State Park using ropes to learn how to rescue stranded or injured climbers, or how to rappel down an embankment to rescue someone. Later on Tuesday, they practiced responding to flipped boats, and the rest of the week they will work on saving people stuck in cars.“This is their technical rescue week,” Akins said.On Tuesday, Akins said the new hires were learning how to operate around the different dams and rapids within the department’s boundaries, as well as how to read water in general. They also practiced rescuing themselves and each other in various situations, whether via a zip line system, with a rope bag or via a raft.For water rescues, Akins said the most popular spots are the First Street rapids, the Bend Whitewater Park in the Old Mill District, Dillon Falls, Lava Island Falls and Benham Falls.Akins said most of the time when the department shows up to a request for a water rescue, the person in need of help has already gotten themselves out of the situation. But it’s not always that easy — especially during tourist season.“They’re not from here,” Akins said of many of the people the department rescues. “They are here on vacation, and they want to go ride the river.”—
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Firefighters responded to a car that was stuck in high water in north Abilene after heavy rain poured over the area Tuesday afternoon.
The Fox River can be a dangerous place, as two incidents last weekend showed.