Dozens of dogs, people rescued from flooding Santa Ana river bottom

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

article RIVERSIDE, Calif. – As another atmospheric river storm bears down on Southern California, and is expected to continue for the next several days, rescue crews are working around th clock to keep people away from flooding rivers across the region.  While two river searches in Los Angeles County turned up nothing, crews along the Santa Ana River in Riverside were busy for hours Monday morning, pulling more than two dozen people and dogs from the river bottom.  According to Riverside Fire Department Batallion Chief Brain Guzzetta, crews rescued 10 people and 18 dogs from encampments along the river.  RELATED: At least two LA River rescues reported amid powerful storm Image 1 of 5 ▼ “We continue to have resources up and down the river,” Guzzetta said. “We’re in cooperation with the Riverside County Fire Department and the city, collaboratively, trying to get as many people out of the river bottom and as many rescues as we can.” RELATED: California storm: LA Mayor issues local state of emergency as atmospheric river pounds region Video from the scene showed rescue crews being dropped with a crane from an overpass to the encampments below. People and dogs were lifted to the overpass and brought to paramedics ready on the scene.  Crews brought the dogs up in bags, and pulled the wet animals out and into nearby ambulances.  “One clear message is that we need to be out of the river bottom at this time,” Guzzetta said. “The rain is going to continue for not only today but in the days to come, and we need to get out of the river bottom, so that we don’t have to have these individuals need to be rescued.”

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.