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Emergency officials in San Luis Obispo County are closely monitoring rising creek and river levels, with swift water rescue teams on standby during the latest storm.

Cal Fire has three four-member teams stationed in San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Paso Robles, ready to respond to distress calls anywhere in the county.

These teams have undergone countless hours of specialized training to get on the search and rescue team, and have the skill set required to handle swift water and flood rescues.

Safety is a top priority, with firefighters having the ability to shoot a rope across a creek or river to pull someone to safety without necessarily having to get in the water.

Extra qualified personnel from agencies across the county are also available to assist with water rescues.

The swift water rescue teams will remain on standby through the overnight hours, with conditions being reevaluated on Wednesday.

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