(PHOENIX) — Heavy rain in Arizona has flooded streets and one major freeway, stranding cars and trapping drivers and passengers.
One dramatic rescue in Sun City West was caught on the camera by ABC affiliate KNXV.
In the video, a white minivan was swamped on a main street in Sun City West. The fast-moving stream had submerged the minivan to its hood.
One rescue worker from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office approached the vehicle with nothing in his hands but a stick. He didn’t have a security belt tied to his waist, only his co-worker pulling him from behind, just in case he lost his balance.
The rescue worker slowly approached the minivan, hitting the front window repeatedly with a stick and eventually breaking it. He tried to open the passenger door, but the water pressure from the flooding made it difficult to pop the door open.
After finally sliding open the door, he got inside the minivan and pulled out an elderly woman. Wrapping her arms around the worker’s neck, the woman appeared to be struggling with the muddy road.
As soon as the two rescue workers brought the woman to safety, the flood fully covered the minivan’s hood.
The two rescue workers brought the woman to a neighbor’s garage and sat her down on a chair. A neighbor offered the woman towels to keep her warm.
The several inches of rainfall in less than an hour caused havoc during the morning commute for commuters in the state.
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