Three people were rescued from floodwaters around Paso Robles on Monday in two unrelated incidents.
The first involved a 27-year-old man trapped on top of his Toyota Land Cruiser in Huer Huero Creek.
He was rescued by helicopter about 12:20 p.m. and was uninjured. Family of the man said he thought he could cross the rain-swollen waterway off Sandy Creek and Linne roads, but his red Toyota began to sink in the sand on the bottom of the creek. He then climbed to the top of his vehicle. His mother, who the man called during the incident, dialed 911.
The second rescue occurred about 2:35 p.m. when two men were swept from the top of their vehicle into the Estrella River at Airport Road.
The men, ages 42 and 74, tried to cross the river in their Ford Excursion, but it quickly became submerged, according to a Cal Fire dispatcher. The men climbed on top of the vehicle but were swept to shore.
Neither man reported any injuries, but the 74-year-old was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton for observation.
Authorities didn’t disclose the victims’ names in either incident.
Crews from Cal Fire, Paso Robles Fire Department, the San Luis County Technical Rescue Team and a CHP helicopter responded to both incidents.
The Sheriff’s Department and American Red Cross advise people to avoid driving through flooded roads, as most cars can be swept away by less than 2 feet of moving water.
Officials also say not to walk in flowing streams where water is above the ankle. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a person down.