SANTA PAULA (CBSLA) – Four people who became trapped on an island in Santa Paula Creek amid rising floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall were lifted to safety early Monday morning by a helicopter.

April 6, 2020. (Ventura County Fire Department)

Sometime before 6:30 a.m., Ventura County Fire Department crews responded to an island in Santa Paula Creek, near the confluence of the Santa Ana River.

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With firefighters staged on both sides of the creek with throw bags in case any of the victims fell into the water, a firefighting chopper hoisted four people from the island to safety.

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One person was taken to a hospital with a minor injury for an earlier incident unrelated to the rescue, the fire department said

It’s unclear how the people got trapped on the island initially.

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The powerful storm was expected to bring up to 2 inches of rain to the valleys and 3 inches to the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.