Media Release

 

Sunday, August 25, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Las Vegas Firefighters Rescue Two From Flash Flood Waters
One Adult and One Child Were Rescued From Rising Waters, They Were Not injured

 

Las Vegas firefighters rescued one adult and one child from a car that was surrounded by rising flood waters this afternoon. After they were rescued, firefighters took them down the road to relatives waiting on US 95 at Kyle Canyon Road.

Fire dispatchers received the call at 2:39 p.m. that an adult and two children were trapped in their car on Scottie Street off Grand Teton Drive which is located off Kyle Canyon Road about four miles from US 95. 

Firefighters said as they proceeded up Kyle Canyon Rd, flood waters were raging on the roadway. When they came to Scottie St., a ladder truck and fire engine from Fire Station 48 (Elkhorn/Durango) proceeded down Scottie because they are higher off the road than standard vehicles. They came upon an auto that had raging water all around it with water reaching the bottom of the car doors. Firefighters could see that the water was rising and decided that the one adult and one child in the car had to be extricated immediately and taken to safety. Using personal floatation devices and ropes, firefighters brought the two from the car into the ladder truck to safety. They were then taken down the mountain in the ladder truck to waiting relatives. Firefighters said conditions were much worse going down the mountain than when they first arrived. They considered the rescue a situation that was life threatening and immediate action had to be taken. Their mission was completed successfully.

After firefighters left the scene, conditions worsened. Units blocked off Kyle Canyon Road at U.S. 95 until Nevada Highway Patrol arrived to take over traffic duties to prevent people from driving in flood waters. Water was also rushing across U.S. 95 between Kyle Canyon Rd and Durango Drive and once again firefighters blocked the road until NHP could arrive and take over.

There were no reported injuries.  The two that were rescued were left with waiting relatives.

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