A mother and her three children were rescued from a car after it became stuck on a rain-swollen street during a storm in Perris, fire officials said Monday.
The white sedan was driving at a normal speed, believed to be about 40 mph, near East San Jacinto and Redlands Avenue just after 11 p.m. Sunday when the incident occurred, said Cal Fire Temecula Battalion Chief Brad Casady.
The car then spun out and ended up in a wash, where water rose to about 8 inches up the side of the vehicle and rushing about 10 to 15 mph alongside it.
Two water-rescue teams responded, and 6 rescuers conducted a shallow-water rescue, Casady said.
The family, which included a 43-year-old mother and her three children, the youngest being 5 years old, were rescued.
All four sustained minor to no injuries and first aid was administered at the scene.
It was not known if flood gates were up at the time of the incident.
The water rescue occurred at the end of a weekend storm that showered parts of Southern California and led to a flash flood watch being put into effect near recent burn areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
More than an inch of rain was recorded in some mountain areas in the two counties as of Sunday morning, according to the most recent rainfall totals available from the National Weather Service.
Less than half an inch recorded across most L.A. and Ventura counties, and just .4 was recorded in Perris and Riverside.
L.A. and Orange counties had a 30 percent chance of seeing continued showers on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The stuff that went through this weekend might be enough to get some rain in the northern slopes of Los Angeles and Ventura County mountains this afternoon,” John Dumas, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard, told the Times. “There’s a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the interior areas and mountains.”
Rain was most likely to hit, and lightning was possible, in the mountain and interior valley areas during the afternoon, according to the weather service.
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) April 11, 2016
Thunderstorms are forecast for Inland Empire this afternoon. This is what our firefighters responded to last night: pic.twitter.com/fZgCGyq7IV
— CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU) April 11, 2016