Flooded roads block paramedics from emergency call

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SAN DIEGO — A swift-water rescue team had to be called in after flooded roads kept firefighters and paramedics from reaching a medical emergency in North County Thursday.

Cal Fire San Diego was called to the emergency, in the unincorporated De Luz area northwest of Fallbrook, after 10 a.m. Heavy rain was pounding the area, leaving roads flooded and keeping emergency vehicles from reaching their destination, the agency tweeted.

The swift-water rescue team was headed to the scene as of 11 a.m.

Heavy rainfall from a powerful storm system doused San Diego County Thursday morning, prompting several road closures and a school closure amid a flash flood warning, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS issued a flash flood watch that will remain in effect until Thursday evening throughout the county. A wind advisory will remain in effect in the county mountains until 4 a.m. Saturday.

The weather service also issued a flash flood warning that will last until 11:45 a.m. Thursday for northern San Diego County, including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas, Poway, Del Mar, Fallbrook and Escondido.

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Rainfall rates Thursday are expected to reach 0.50 to 1 inch per hour everywhere except desert areas during the peak of the storm, which will last from about 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and could be higher than that during isolated thunderstorms, NWS meteorologist Miguel Miller said.

Read full coverage of Thursday’s storm here.

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