SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego fire officials increased staffing of firefighters and lifeguards Sunday as a third and most powerful storm arrived.
Fire Chief Brian Fennessy ordered the additional staffing and equipment including nine lifeguard Swift Water Rescue Teams deployed throughout the city, seven Utility Rescue Vehicles staffed with two firefighters for highly mobile storm response, two Urban Search and Rescue Apparatus staffed with four firefighters each, two Fire-Rescue Emergency Medical Service Helicopters staffed with Swift Water Rescue trained crews, one Type 1 Swift Water Team with state response capability, activation of the San Diego Urban Area (SDUA) All-Hazards Incident Management Team, and a Level 2 Department Operations Center (DOC) activation.
"The ground is heavily saturated as a result of the two most recent storms. As such, the strong winds have increased the potential for large trees to fall. Soil saturation has also increased the risk of flooding, mud/debris flows and landslides within the City,'' Fennessy said. "Our rivers and creeks are currently at flood stage which represents a major concern."
Fennessy ordered an increase in the number of available lifeguard Services Division Swift Water Rescue Team members and firefighters until the storm has passed and the weather related threat to life and property has passed.
Multiple small brush fires near Otay Mesa and San Ysidro on Sunday forced authorities to shut down lanes and connector ramps of two freeways before firefighters could get the situation under control.
An 18-year-old man was stabbed after he got into a fight with another man on a street in the Redwood Village area of San Diego, authorities said Sunday.
Volunteers turned out in force Saturday to participate in the I Love a Clean San Diego’s 16th Annual Creek to Bay Clean Up.
A toddler was badly injured Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck at Crawford High School in the neighborhood of El Cerrito, police said.