SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Police officers rescued a mother and her children who were nearly swept away during a raging flash flood in California Sunday.
As torrential rains pelted southern California from the remnants of Tropical Storm Kay, the mom had called police about an unrelated problem Sunday afternoon, according to the SoCal News Outlet. But as the family was heading back to their car, an impromptu river roared down the street, nearly washing them away.
Dashcam video from San Bernardino Police shows three of their officers rescuing the mother who had lost her balance while trying to cross the rapids. Officers then assisted two children and others who had become stranded on the other side of the water.
There were no reported injuries.
"Our officers do not encounter swift-water floods often, however it doesn’t stop them from jumping into action and saving lives," San Bernardino's Police Chief wrote on Twitter, who the city identifies as Chief Darren L. Goodman.
Flash flooding plagues Desert Southwest this week
Flash flooding caused several issues across the Desert Southwest this week.
Farther out in San Bernardino County, flash flooding rolled through the Forest Falls area, causing severe damage and leaving one person still missing. Over 120 search-and-rescue personnel are combing the area looking for the missing resident as the area begins to clean up the damage.
Over in nearby Los Angeles County, dozens were trapped after a mudslide and debris flow in Lake Hughes. Los Angeles County Fire Department officials confirmed they rescued approximately 50 people who were taken to a nearby county fire station to meet with the American Red Cross.
Heavy rains near Oak Glen near Yucaipa sent a wall of mud into town, burying part of a restaurant under feet of mud.
Kay's remnants have since moved on into the Intermountain West, where flash flooding was possible Wednesday, but drier weather had returned to Southern California.