When a man took his dog for a hike in a Colorado canyon, he thought a dry creek bed was a perfect spot to park, but learned the hard way why dry creeks and river beds are incredibly dangerous.
Shortly after parking in a dry creek bed off Phantom Canyon road, David Rooks noticed water suddenly began to flood the area. “I looked up…and I was already standing in six inches of water and it was coming,” said Rooks, who grabbed his dog and jumped into the car.
Luckily a hiker passed by and spotted the car being quickly submerged in the flood water. “I waved my hat out the window and he called 911,” Rooks said. The fire department raced to the scene, but by the time they arrived, the only possible way to reach the car was extending the ladder overhead.
After about 12 minutes, the Florence Fire chief managed to pull Rooks and his dog up onto the ladder and safely bring them back to dry land. Now, the sheriff’s office is hoping that the footage from the rescue will show people why they should never park or camp in a dry river or creek bed.
“Parking or camping or picnicking or playing in dry creek beds or culverts or things like that is not safe,” Sgt. Megan Richards with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said. “There is a reason that creek bed is there.”