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Lawton firefighters respond to multiple water rescues

LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton Fire Department responded to over 50 calls Thursday due to flooding which led to the rescues of around 150 people. 

The majority of the rescues involved residents of homes in some of the low lying areas. Others got stranded in their cars when the water became like a rushing river. The Lawton fire department's training officer, Jared Williams, shared some advice for staying safe if you happen to get caught in high water.

"First thing is--turn around don't drown. Our best rescue is one we never have to make and so if our citizens can just be aware that if they see water across the roadway we suggest they don't go into it. As little as six inches can disable a car and as little as a foot can start sweeping a car off the roadways, said Williams."

Williams also suggests to be as weather aware as possible and if you do find yourself in a situation where your car becomes submerged in water, don't panic. He recommends staying in the car if water is not rushing into it and if your car does start filling with water to get on the roof and call 9-1-1.

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