San Diego, California saw historic levels of rain on Monday, with downpours so heavy that it flooded roadways, damaged property, and threatened lives. This includes a Siberian Husky named Snowy. The pup had to be saved by fire crews, who used a surfboard to get Snowy to safety.
Video of the save made its way to social media and shows fire crews trying to guide the pup across the knee-deep water below them.
Fire crews from Station 21 helped rescue several people and a dog named "Snowy" on a surfboard from 3 vehicles stuck in Pacific Beach flooding
#pacificbeach #flooding #sandiegoweather pic.twitter.com/wfaaqRAKIN
— CBS 8 San Diego (@CBS8) January 22, 2024
The flooding was so bad that roadways were virtually turned into rivers and the fast-moving waters swept cars down roads. The footage, shared by CBS 8 San Diego shows rescue crews from Station 21 spotting the pup after they placed him on the surfboard and made their way across the flooded city street. The Siberian Husky looks so scared! The poor little guy had to balance on the surfboard surrounded by strangers. So we understand why the pup was concerned.
Snowy had been inside one of the vehicles trapped by the sudden flash flood, as well as several humans who also had to be saved from their cars. Many of these drivers were on their way into work when flash flood warnings were issued. By that afternoon, San Diego city officials were urging people to stay home unless absolutely necessary for them to travel.
"This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order," an emergency alert from the National Weather Service read.
The warning remained in effect until 9 pm that night.
How to Prepare for Floods With Pets
Thankfully this story had a happy ending. But the clip is a good reminder to have a game plan for when the next bout of inclement weather hits. First things first, make sure you understand what the different flood warnings are. Flood alert means that flooding is possible and to get prepared. Flood warning means that flooding is expected and that immediate action is required. Severe flood warning means that severe flooding is coming and could pose an immediate threat.
If a severe flood warning is in effect, there are several ways you can prepare. Make sure your pet is microchipped and check to see if your pet's information is up to date. Then come up with an evacuation plan. A good plan of action is to drop your pet off with a family friend or relative who lives away from the flood zone once the warning hits. If you are going to keep your pets at home, have a back stock of food and medication for them. There is a chance that you'll have to flee your home, so have your pet carriers out. If your animal tends to stay outside, get prepared by bringing them inside.
Getting prepared for flooding is possible. And if you do it the right way, both you are your pet should stay safe.
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