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2 rescued from Colorado Springs creek after storm

By: Chhun Sun
May 16, 2018 Updated: May 16, 2018 at 8:40 am
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Two people were trapped on rocks in the middle of Sand Creek after Colorado Springs was hit by a round of heavy rain late Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy of KKTV)

Two homeless people were rescued Tuesday night after they were stuck on rocks in the middle of Sand Creek in east Colorado Springs, according to the city's Fire Department.

The rescue happened about 6:30 p.m. near Ellers Grove and Karr Road after water levels rose during heavy rainfall across the city, said Capt. Brian Vaughan, a Fire Department spokesman. It is unknown who called police about the pair, he added.

A team of 21 firefighters, two fire truck, two fire engines and a battalion chief responded to the rescue. The rescuers laid down a 109-foot ladder toward the man and woman stuck on rocks, Vaughan said, helping them get back on dry land.

Two rescue crews had just arrived from an 8-hour water rescue training at the Arkansas River, Vaughan said. "What this call was was what they did for training," he added.

No one was injured in the rescue.

Colorado Springs received about an inch of rain Tuesday, according to data by the National Weather Service in Pueblo. More rain is forecast to being Friday with afternoon thunderstorms.

"It's important that people do not forget that these types of storms can unload a bunch of water in a hurry," Vaughan said. "If we're in areas where water is going to collect in any waterways, any person is in grave danger, so we want to remind people to stay out of waterways, seek high grounds and maintain that sense of awareness and safety thought process when heavy storms are coming through."
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