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Nine swift water rescues for emergency crews so far

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The ground is already saturated and although the rushing water is gone in some areas like the Pantano wash, near Harrison and Golf Links drivers should still use caution when traveling around the city. 

There have been a total of nine swift water rescues for Tucson Fire crews since July 1.  The latest happened on Tuesday, after a woman was rescued from her car near Camino Seco and Broadway.  Cell phone video of the rescue show fire crews using a ladder truck to reach the stranded woman.  According to TFD officials she got stuck while trying to drive through the wash.  The water at the time of the stranding was several feet deep. Tucson firefighters say the woman was not hurt. 

"When you're stranded in that vehicle and the water level keeps creeping higher and higher and you're thinking that you might get washed away, you don't get any retakes at that," said Tucson Fire Department Captain Barrett Baker.  "So it's extremely emotional and scary and we're hoping that she's okay, but we hope that nobody else has to go through that situation."  

While Tucson Fire crews have responded to nine swift water rescues since July 1, they are not the only emergency crews keeping busy.  First responders in Cochise County are also rescuing drivers stranded in running water.  

According to video posted on Tuesday by the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, search and rescue teams rescued a woman and her three dogs that were trapped in a mini-van. After she was rescued the woman told the crew the water was up to the windows. 

It may be frustrating having to turn around, but when in doubt, wait it out - to avoid situations like these swift water rescues. 

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