Switftwater Rescue crews prepare for flash flooding | News – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2020-09-16 22:38:00 –

As Sally moves across Georgia, swiftwater rescue crews throughout metro Atlanta are ready to run to the rescue.

A Gwinnett Fire spokesperson said they’ve placed a second swift water rescue team and boat in service. They’re also ready to respond to downed trees or power lines.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Captain Michael Roman said they double checked all of their equipment Wednesday morning.

“For us local street level stuff which is what we expect with the current storm this evening, is flash flooding with cars that type of stuff,” said Roman. “We’ll just do everything in house and just use our basic gear”.

Captain Roman said they suit up on site.

Two firefighters will be on standby and two will be in the water with a rapid deployment device.

“Essentially if you’re in a car, we’ll come up to you on this device we can take kids, adults,” said Captain Roman.

He said it’s important to stay away from any flooded streets but if you do get stuck, it’s also important to stay in the car.

“Your first thing is going to be let me get out my car and head towards the sidewalk, so if you do that you might be walking directly into a danger zone,” said Captain Roman.

The Georgia Department of Transportation posted on Twitter that it’s also monitoring the storm and equipment has been loaded so crews are ready to respond.

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