Kern County crews free motorist from desert flood waters

RANDSBURG, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Kern County authorities had to rescue at least one motorist from flash flooding in the desert south of Ridgecrest.

The rescue operation was launched around 6:30 p.m. Monday on Garlock Road in Randsburg. The fire department said a motorist was trapped inside a vehicle because of flooding from a passing thunderstorm. Crews found two vehicles caught in the flood waters, but the fire department only mentioned rescuing one person.

The sheriff's department helicopter was deployed, and officials were dispatched from the Kern County Roads Department and sheriff's office urban search-and-rescue unit out of Bakersfield.

The sheriff's office helicopter crew was able to perform a hoist rescue, the fire department said.

Multiple other vehicles were cut off by flood waters, but no one else got trapped. No injuries were reported.