Cabins and vehicles were swept away by floodwaters at the El Capitan Canyon Resort & Campground, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
© Mike Eliason/SBCFire
Cabins and vehicles were swept away by floodwaters at the El Capitan Canyon Resort & Campground, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
Heavy rainfall brought dangerous flooding to parts of Southern California and Arizona, and in some areas, people were trapped and needed rescue.

Near Phoenix, firefighters from several agencies worked together to save two men who were trapped in a wash, according to the Associated Press. Each of the two men was lifted separately out of the vehicle that got stuck in the rushing waters, and neither were injured in the ordeal, the report added.

The men were only identified by a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson as a father and a son, the AP also said.

Displaced vehicles and cabins are seen near the creek at the flooded El Capitan Canyon Resort & Campground, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
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Displaced vehicles and cabins are seen near the creek at the flooded El Capitan Canyon Resort & Campground, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Friday morning, at least 20 campers were trapped by flooding that washed away cabins and vehicles at the El Capitan Canyon and Resort Campground Friday morning, but all were safely rescued.

The situation began to develop when floodwaters overtook parts of the campground just after 9 a.m. local time Friday morning, according to the Santa Ynez Valley News. Some were trapped in their cars in the private campground's parking lot, the report added. Crews worked quickly to extricate those trapped, and all were successfully rescued with no injuries, the AP reported.

Floodwaters raged down El Capitan Creek, carrying away some five cabins and 15 vehicles, the Santa Barbara Independent reported. Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason told the Los Angeles Times that last summer's Sherpa fire left a large burn scar, which put the area in danger of flooding events.

"All the water was coming down from the torrential downpour higher and higher and higher. Then all the debris kept backing up," campground employee Todd Martin told the Lompoc Record. "Then it took out the bridges and overflowed the bank, took out a bunch of cabins, cars. It was pretty hectic."

A swift water rescue was necessary for at least one person in the minutes following the flood's arrival at the campground. Capt. Dave Zaniboni, Santa Barbara County Fire public information officer, told the Lompoc Record that one person had to be saved after getting trapped in his or her car, and another person was able to get out of a vehicle without assistance.

"Since midnight, Santa Barbara has seen multiple rounds of heavy rain, accumulating to more than two and a half inches of rain," said weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles. "The heaviest rain fell in the 9:00 a.m. hour with rainfall rates exceeding 1 inch per hour. Additional showers are possible through the weekend."

In Los Angeles, firefighters rescued five people from a flooded homeless camp. Four were rescued early Friday, but rescue crews spotted a fifth via helicopter later in the day and used a boat to pull them to safety.

As a result of the flooding, both ramps to Highway 101 were closed, the Santa Ynez Valley News also reported. At least 5,000 people from Goleta to Gaviota were sent warnings Friday morning from authorities who said they should prepare to evacuate from flooding, but aside from the campground, nobody has been ordered to evacuate yet, the Lompoc Record added.

The storm disrupted the first post-presidential vacation of Barack Obama and his family. Their plane had to be diverted from the Palm Springs airport to March Air Force Base 60 miles away.

After years of dry weather, California has been buffeted by rain and snow this winter. Northern California has gotten the lion's share and most of that region has now emerged from drought.

Another storm is expected during the weekend, and it's forecast to be fiercer than the previous two. A flash flood warning starting late Saturday has been issued for the San Francisco area.