Emergency responders came to the aid of two men and a girl who got stuck in their cars when a flash flood swept through Placerita Canyon on Saturday afternoon.
The area received about an inch of rain overnight and through Saturday afternoon, resulting in the sudden flash flood of Placerita Canyon. The two cars, one carrying a father and his little girl inside, tried to drive through the stream but witnesses say they each stalled and got swept away just minutes from each other.
Neighbors told KTLA the road is dry most of the time and used as a crossing for people to get from one side of the street to the other. But when it rains, the road can turn into a fast-moving river like it did on Saturday. At one point on Saturday the water was more than 3 feet deep, neighbors said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department and sheriff's deputies were on scene and extended a ladder to rescue the three victims from the roofs of the cars.
"When we were kids we would see this very often growing up here people who just don't understand how much water was coming through, so it's crazy, " neighbor Valerie McCarthy told KTLA. "Maybe there needs to be warning signs, I don't know. We're just happy everyone is safe and not hurt."
No injuries were reported, officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
Potential flooding signs were posted in the area.
The National Weather Service also had a flash flood warning in effect on Saturday through 5:30 p.m.
Officials say motorists should never try to drive through standing or moving water if the depth is unknown.