The City of Scottsdale Fire Department has responded on several water rescue calls since 9 am this morning. Most of the calls are vehicles driving into the wash and stalling. There have not been any injuries reported. We are currently working a call at Hayden and Happy Valley. Please stay clear of the area. Do not enter a flooded wash. A mere 6 inches of fast moving water can knock down an adult. It takes 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is never safe to drive or walk into flooded waters.
Be very aware of your car's limitations. If you drive in water that's six inches deep or more, your car could stall or you could lose control of it. One foot of water is enough to float most cars, and two feet of rushing water can indeed carry away cars, SUVs and pick-ups.
If you are on foot, be aware that you can be knocked down by just six inches of moving water. If you come upon moving water, do not walk into it.
If you can, try to avoid contact with any flood waters. The water may be contaminated with raw sewage, oil or gasoline, and may also be charged with electricity from down power lines.
Be especially vigilant at night, when it's harder to recognize potentially deadly road hazards.
Do not park your car along washes, especially during heavy rains or thunderstorms.
Stay informed. Tune in to your local radio station during bad weather.
- If a flash flood is issued for your area, get to higher ground immediately. You may only have a few seconds before the danger is unavoidable.