Swift water rescue teams ready for potential flooding

ATCEMS swift water rescue boat (KXAN)
ATCEMS swift water rescue boat (KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services is ready for potential weekend flooding.

They have teams ready to go out in three zodiac rescue boats if needed. Commander Paul Alvarez says, “If your car does get swept downstream and starts taking on water, call 911 immediately. He added, “If you have to get out of the car because it starts taking on water in the compartment, you want to exit on the downstream side of the vehicle.”

However, the best option is not to cross low water crossings that appear to be hazardous in the first place.

During the 2015 Memorial Day weekend floods, ATCEMS aided Hays County with swift water rescues. Four teams in total took part in the rescues as the was began to rise. And earlier this month, an ATCEMS commander teaching a swift water training course in New Braunfels ended up rescuing a child in distress in the Comal River.

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