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Aug 17, 2014 1:23 PM by Brian White

TFD rescues two from car's roof amid swift water

TUCSON - Tucson firefighters rescued two from a car that had been swept away by flash flooding in an eastside wash.

Crews from the Tucson Fire Department extended a ladder and saved the two from a foot bridge near Calle Betelgeux and Avenida Sirio just after 5:30 Sunday morning.

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The two had scrambled to the roof of the car after a surge of water moved the vehicle downstream, Tucson Fire Department spokesman Cpt. Barrett Baker said in a release.

Baker said the water level was nearly at the windshield's level.

The 14-foot ladder was lowered from the bridge and the two were able to pull themselves up safely, Baker said.

TFD initally dispatched a technical rescue response because of the nature of the swift running water, but was canceled mid-route, Baker added.

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