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Firefighters pull men, SUV from flooded roadway

CARNATION - Two men in a partially submerged SUV were pulled from a flooded Carnation area road Saturday morning, Feb. 1, by Eastside Fire and Rescue's Swiftwater Rescue Team.

The two men apparently decided to bypass two "road-closed" signs, which blocked Northeast 124th Street due to flooding, said Battalion Chief James Bergeron.

The driver made it through one body of water just west of State Route 203, but he got stuck in water more than 2 feet deep near West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast.

Firefighters arrived to find the SUV partially submerged with two men inside.

Two members of the Swiftwater Rescue Team attached a winch cable to the vehicle, which was pulled from the flooded roadway with the men inside.

Officials constantly warn motorists not to bypass road-closed signs.

The water may look shallow, but the current could be strong or the road beneath could be washed away.

The men "were adults, old enough to know better," Bergeron said, calling their actions "very very dangerous to both rescuers and occupants."

"`They were lucky the water was receding and not coming up," he said. "It could have been a whole lot worse."

No injuries were reported.

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