VIDEO: Monsoon 2023 is still a couple of months away, but rescue crews across southern Arizona are already preparing to keep people safe.
Just last week, northern Arizona was hit hard by flooding. In Payson three people were killed after their cars were caught in flood waters.
While the busy time of the year is always during the monsoon, the amount of rain and snow seen has recently has caused water rescues to become a year-round operation.
That’s why crews train all year. Not only on the roads but in washes as well since they can quickly become a danger.
First responders say they need to be prepared to pull people from their cars before they get swept away. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to stall, and a foot of water is enough to float a car.
While flowing washes can be dangerous during monsoon, experts say snowmelt from the mountains has the same effect.