Several people rescued throughout San Antonio in heavy flooding areas
Good Samaritans help people stuck in floodwaters
SAN ANTONIO – Several people were rescued throughout areas in San Antonio that were flooded due to the heavy rain Monday night into Tuesday morning.
The San Antonio Fire Department said beginning at 9 p.m. Monday they responded to 63 water rescue calls with four requiring technical rescues.
A few of the areas with high-water rescue calls include I-10 and Military, Northwest Military Drive at Loop 410, I-10 at Fredericksburg Road and I-10 and Wurzbach Road, near Colony Drive.
At I-10 and Colony Drive, several cars could be seen stalled out on the access road next to the H-E-B. Good Samaritans with trucks helped people whose cars could not make it past the high waters.
Joann Gonzales said she underestimated the flooding near the area. A first responder helped her out of her car, and a good Samaritan helped her get her car to higher ground.
“I wasn’t expecting the flood to be this high. It just snuck up on me. When my car died out, I was pretty upset about that because I guess it's got to get towed. It's all I have to get around to get to the doctor," she said. "I'm OK now. The firefighters are doing their job for a reason to make sure that everybody is safe, and that's what they did."
Gonzales said she does not live far from the area and called family members to help her.
Police barricaded certain exits on I-10 and rerouted traffic near the access road to the H-E-B in the area.
A person was also rescued on Verbena Street, near Huebner Road. The person is expected to be OK. But their vehicle was stuck between some trees in high water.
The San Antonio Fire Department said they also responded to eight lightning strikes, none of which escalated to structure fires.
The National Weather Service said the rainfall at the San Antonio International Airport was up to 4.66 inches, smashing the 1.76-inch record from 1889.
SAFD responded to 63 water rescue calls and eight technical water rescues since 7 p.m. Monday.
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