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Swift water rescue team on alert as rain soaks San Diego

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 16:42:28-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Local agencies are bracing for heavy rain as a storm moves through Southern California.

At noon Monday, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s lifeguard division swift water rescue team went on their highest alert level, according to Mónica Muñoz, the department’s spokesperson.

The alert status means that lifeguards were deployed to areas in San Diego that commonly see flooding.

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The team’s operation will last through Saturday at noon as more rain is expected to drench the county throughout the week.

Below are some tips to keep in mind during rainy periods:

  • Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
  • Reduce your speed
  • Increase your following distance
  • Don’t drive around barricades
  • Don’t drive or walk through standing water
  • If you get caught in an area that starts to flood, stay in your vehicle and call for help. If your vehicle begins to flood try and get onto the roof top or hood of your car
  • Use your headlights and your windshield wipers at all times during the rain
  • Avoid low lying areas that commonly flood (Fashion Valley, Aldine Drive, etc.)
  • Don’t park in areas where there are posted no parking signs because of potential flooding
  • If you don’t have to be out in the rain, avoid the roadways