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.
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.READ MORE: Actress Tawny Kitaen Dies At 59; Starred In MTV Videos, `Bachelor Party'
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.READ MORE: Orange County Reaches 5,000 COVID-19 Death Milestone
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.MORE NEWS: SoFi Stadium Looking To Fill More Than 3,000 Part-Time Positions With Job Fairs Being Held This Month
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.