Of Swift Water and Flood Channels: A Day of Rescues
Authorities in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Glendale are standing by in case they need to perform a swift water rescue from the LA River. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported at around 7:30 this morning someone may have been swept away in the runoff channel at White Oak Avenue and Coldwater Canyon Avenue. In the OC, a motorist who "veered off the rain-slickened 5 Freeway in Irvine early Wednesday and plunged into a flood-control channel, but managed to call 911 on his cellphone as his car was filling up with water," reports LA Now. The victim was retrieved in a "pretty dramatic" rescue, said Capt. Greg McKeown of the Orange County Fire Authority, and taken to an area hospital to be treated for hypothermia.