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McKinney Fire Department Responds To Four Flooding Rescue Calls

Seven people and a dog were successfully rescued

After heavy rain overnight, several individuals and a dog were rescued from flooding in McKinney, Texas.

The McKinney Fire Department reported that on Oct. 26, 2023, the department received four water rescue calls in the early hours of Thursday morning. In each of these incidents, the department's technical rescue teams managed to safely extricate the individuals in distress.

The first call was received shortly after 4 a.m., involving a vehicle with two occupants trapped in high water near the Bonnie Wenk Dog Park, situated in the 2900 block of Virginia Parkway. Then, at 4:17 a.m. one person was stuck in their vehicle under the bridge next to Towne Lake Park.

The department received the next call at 5:19 a.m., from one person who was rescued after their vehicle was disabled by high water in the 200 block of Valley Creek Trail. At 7:19 a.m., in the 700 Block of El Dorado, passersby heard calls for help and rescuers arrived to find three people and a dog trapped under the bridge. The fire department team lifted the people and the dog to safety using ropes and a fire truck’s aerial ladder. 

When confronted with rising water, the McKinney Fire Department reminds residents to remember these life-saving guidelines: "Turn around – don't drown," avoid driving in flooded areas, as little as six inches of water can be sufficient to stall most vehicles. Lastly, never attempt to cross over moving water, as it poses a serious risk to your safety. 

The rain is expected to continue throughout the weekend. According to CBSDFW, Oct. 27 will be mid-70s with drizzle and mostly cloudy skies. A cold front will hit North Texas this evening, bringing more rain, wind and chilly temperatures for the first few days of the World Series