The Sacramento Fire Department's water rescue team responded Friday to help retrieve about 40 people at a homeless encampment on an island after they were stranded by rising water on the American River near Acoma Street, close to the Arden Gardens overpass.
No injuries were reported but paramedics are also on scene to evaluate people.
According to Chris Harvey of the Sacramento Fire Department, there are about 15 to 20 tents at the homeless encampment so the rescue team is expected to be on scene for at least a few more hours.
Reports of multiple people stranded on island by rising waters, Acoma St at Arden/Garden. Crews arriving onscene now. pic.twitter.com/T3GecqvOba— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) December 16, 2016
Multiple homeless encampments stranded by rising water, fire crews will have extensive rescue operations. Media come to North end Acoma St. pic.twitter.com/Xv20BIo8tK— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) December 16, 2016
Total of 10 adults & 13 dogs removed from encampments so far. Rescue operations still underway, many tents inundated. Searching tent to tent pic.twitter.com/avBMWRsnOy— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) December 16, 2016
Rescue operations on Acoma concluded. Now crews have moved to North 7th and Riverine Way for another report of people trapped on an island. pic.twitter.com/ASr2uk4rLX— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) December 16, 2016