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Flooding in Lytle Creek leads to swiftwater rescue

By in Press Enterprise on January 9, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

San Bernardino County fire crews have rescued a person from his vehicle after it became surrounded by water along a Lytle Creek road Tuesday morning.

Crews were alerted to the situation before 8:30 a.m. of a vehicle in moving water near Lytle Creek Road near the West End Gun club, according to authorities.

A man waits to be rescued from his van that was submerged in water in Lytle Creek. pic.twitter.com/Fc1H1gxKUC

— Jennifer Maher (@JCMaherPhoto) January 9, 2018

A man in the vehicle was rescued and was being evaluated for hypothermia, according to a San Bernardino County Fire Department tweet.

There was only one person in the vehicle, which is described as a van, about 300 feet from the roadway.

Heavy rains which have moved into the Southern California starting Monday night have flooded the rural area.

  • Rains prompted a swift-water rescue Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Lytle Creek. Photo by Jennifer Maher, The Sun/SCNG

  • Rains prompted a swift-water rescue Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Lytle Creek. Photo by Jennifer Maher, The Sun/SCNG

    Rains prompted a swift-water rescue Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Lytle Creek. Photo by Jennifer Maher, The Sun/SCNG

  • Rains prompted a swift-water rescue Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Lytle Creek. Photo by Jennifer Maher, The Sun/SCNG

    Rains prompted a swift-water rescue Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Lytle Creek. Photo by Jennifer Maher, The Sun/SCNG

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A flash flood watch is in effect for several portions of Southern California until Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service, especially near and below recent burn areas, including the Canyon, Canyon 2, Wildomar, Little Mountain, Mart, Bryant 2 and Manzanita burn areas.

Authorities remind people not to cross moving water as it can quickly sweep vehicles and people […]    

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