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Salem Swift Water Rescue Team prepares for more severe weather

By Joe Dashiell, jdashiell@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 05:44:40 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 10 2013 10:11:03 PM EDT

Members of the Salem Swift Water Rescue Team were called out this afternoon to flooding on Peters Creek Road, and they are likely headed to other areas where high water is a problem this evening.

SALEM, Va. -

Members of the Salem Swift Water Rescue Team were called out Wednesday afternoon to flooding on Peters Creek Road.

Earlier in the day they were preparing for the possibility of more severe weather.

Members were checking their equipment and taking advantage of fair weather to make sure they would be ready when the next call came.

"When something comes and we have that incident, it's not the time to be looking where the pieces of equipment are," said Deputy Chief John Prillaman. "You need to know exactly where they are, what kind of condition they are in."

And those "incidents" can come with little warning
The team was busy last Wednesday night, when flash flooding forced evacuations at two Salem mobile home parks. Members of the team took part in a dozen rescues, before the flood waters fell.

And with more wet weather on the way, members of the Swift Water Rescue Team said they could use a little help from the public.

"Six inches of moving water can take an adult off their feet. Two feet of water can move a vehicle, even a pickup truck off the roadway," said Lieutenant Mike Elston. "So be very cognizant. Stay out of the water. Don't drive through moving water."