SWIFT WATER RESCUE: OATMAN ROAD, NEAR MILE POST 41 IN GOLDEN VALLEY, ARIZONA

Published by The Bee News

August 15, 2022

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About 2am Monday (8/15) morning, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call for help of a 58-year-old male traveling in a Chevy Silverado truck that had become stranded near Mile Post 40 on Oatman Road in the Sacramento Wash with waters rushing around it. This is the third reported vehicle that went into this wash past a barricaded road closed sign and three other signs in less than a 24-hour period. In addition, multiple other vehicles proceeded beyond the barricaded sign. The driver of this vehicle was cited for the costs of the rescue.
As they were driving down the road, all these safety warnings were in place:
1 – a reflective flashing-illuminated sign that states “ROAD MAY BE FLOODED”,
2 – a reflective sign that states “WHEN FLOODED TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN”,
3 – a physical barrier in the roadway that states “ROAD CLOSED”, and
4 – a reflective sign that states “DO NOT ENTER WHEN FLOODED”.
All of these signs indicate that there is DANGER ahead.
Your Search and Rescue and local First Responders are perplexed and cannot understand how these signs could be misinterpreted. Any thoughts?
These pictures were taken during the previous night’s rescue.

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