California woman survives after getting stuck inside sump

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California woman survives after getting stuck inside sump

California mother falls into 25-foot pit

A Fontana woman was rescued after falling into a sump following a storm that brought heavy rainfall to Southern California.

Fontana, California. – A woman says she was grateful to be alive after she was rescued after falling into a giant sump following a series of storms that brought moderate to heavy rain across Southern California.

The terrifying moments unfolded just before 10 a.m. in Fontana when the woman, later identified as Imelda Quintero, fell into a ditch after leaving her mobile home, according to Fox 11 Los Angeles. An urban search and rescue team with the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the scene to free him from the confined space.

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The fire department said the sump was about 25 feet deep, and during rescue efforts, Quintero was awake and talking.

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San Bernardino County Fire Department rescue crews work to save a woman who was trapped in a giant sinkhole Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. (San Bernardino County Fire Department)

After rescue crews freed the mother of four from the drain, she was taken to an area hospital to be treated for possible leg injuries and kept under observation for possible infection from falling into the drain.

Employees are assessing how much rain has contributed to the formation of the cesspool. Quintero’s family said they have lived in the house for more than 20 years and have held many parties and gatherings on the patio without any problems.

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Quintero’s husband told Fox 11 that they had recently installed tiles on the patio, and they didn’t know there was a long, unused cesspool hidden beneath. There may be many other things in the property that could be potentially dangerous.

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During the storm, the National Weather Service issued several weather advisories warning residents in the Inland Empire about the potential for flash flooding. While the storm has passed through the area, the ground remains saturated.

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Recovery efforts were underway across the Southland to repair damage caused by the storm. In some cases, residents were displaced after their homes were damaged by the storm.

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