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SAFD Credits Storm Awareness For Low Number Of Emergency Calls

Virginia Alvino
Texas Public Radio News

  The San Antonio Fire Department says weekend rain resulted in only 6 high water rescue calls. While one man was swept into a storm drain Saturday, he survived the incident.

Fire Chief Charles Hood says while rainfall was less than expected, the number of rescue calls the department received was down significantly from severe weather events in the past.

Hood says that’s partially because the public, and the department, knew the storm was coming.

“The difference in this event is we did have a lot of prep time," says Hood. "We had an opportunity to really gain awareness of what was going on, to notifying everyone, to getting our partners in place.” 

Hood also attributes the low number of rescue calls to education - residents know it’s dangerous to drive through standing water.

Hood says the Department also received more than 20 calls for power line issues and 46 for vehicle accidents last weekend – all weather-related. 

Virginia joined Texas Public Radio in September, 2015. Prior to hosting and producing Fronteras for TPR, she worked at WBOI in Indiana to report on often overlooked stories in the community. Virginia began her reporting career at the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting.