A pregnant woman became trapped in a storm drain that empties into the Santa Ana River
A pregnant woman trapped in a drain in Anaheim was rescued amid the relentless Southern California storm on Tuesday.
Members of the Anaheim Police Department responded after the woman, thought to be unhoused, got stuck in a storm drain that empties into the Santa Ana River, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Anaheim Police Sgt. Jon McClintock confirmed to the publication that the Anaheim Fire and Rescue team helped the woman out of the drain around 10:40 a.m. local time.
The Anaheim Police Department did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.
A caller made police aware of the trapped woman around 9:15 a.m., CW affiliate KTLA reported.
McClintock noted that the woman wasn't injured and had been released at the scene. “She had some personal effects there,” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“She was probably frequenting that location obviously due to the extreme weather. That could have been a place she sought refuge,” he added.
An Orange County Fire Authority helicopter had been on hand to assist and help bring the woman to safety, KABC reported.
"That was probably where she was staying during this rain, and it poses significant danger staying in those storm drains," McClintock added to the Los Angeles Times.
There are emergency shelters in place to help those in need during the storm warning, the Anaheim Police Department said, according to KABC.
On Monday, the city of Anaheim's official website confirmed the city had "seen about 2.8 inches of rain in the past 24 hours," which is about "a quarter of what Anaheim typically sees in a year."
The Associated Press reported that after another downpour on Wednesday, weather conditions in Southern California were expected to improve.
“The ground is fully saturated and simply cannot hold any more water,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Kranz.
"An end is in sight, but not until Thu or Fri. Do not let the break Wednesday morning misguide you - more rain and mountain snow coming Wednesday afternoon and night," the National Weather Service Los Angeles added on X (formerly known as Twitter).
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