Rescue crews in Marin County on alert

Search and rescue crews in rain-soaked weren’t taking any chances on Tuesday.

A six-member urban search and rescue team, made up of different fire departments and other agencies got up before the sun to pack up their gear and prepare for inevitable water rescues.

“We see a lot of residents that get stuck in their homes it’s nighttime so they wake up flooded in their house. we’re on standby with jet skis and boats,” said Bret Mctigue, battalion chief with Marin County Fire. “Every time Marin County sees a downpour like the one this week, search and rescue teams are needed, “the ground is saturated so our call volumes are increasing.” 

The team is ready to respond to emergencies across the entire county, but Mctigue has important advice so people hopefully won’t need their help.

“Be aware of your surroundings when you’re coming into an area you see is flooded turn around don’t drown.”