CASTAIC, Calif., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles-area man was caught on camera using a tractor to rescue two women whose van was carried away by flood waters.
Nick and Nolan Kennedy were working with their family's heavy equipment company near Castaic about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday when they saw a van attempt to follow a truck that successfully navigated a flooded intersection.
The van was less effective than the truck and ended up being swept away by the high waters and carried to a stop sign, where it came to rest.
Nick Kennedy used one of the company's tractors to drive out to the van and rescue the woman while Nolan Kennedy filmed the rescue from a second tractor.
"The stop sign she hit saved the car from going down the arroyo," Nick Kennedy wrote in a text to his wife, Kayla, who shared the message with KTLA-TV. "If her wheel was turned a different way or anything it would rolled their car all the way down the arroyo."
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works tweeted the road was cleared and reopened early Wednesday afternoon.
Locals said the intersection frequently floods in heavy rains and there has been a strong push in recent years to build a bridge or improve flood control for the road.
Two women whose minivan was taken by floodwaters near Castaic were helped out of the vehicle by a man who jumped in a tractor and drove into the raging water on Wednesday.The man, who was working for his heavy equipment company nearby, got the women to safety and then used the tractor to pull the car out, he said. The stop sign that the vehicle hit may have saved it from being washed down the arroyo.As El Niño rains pound Southern California, authorities warn motorists on flooded roadways to "turn around, don't drown."Read KTLA's story here: http://on.ktla.com/Kzb8gPosted by KTLA 5 News on Wednesday, January 6, 2016