In times of severe drought, it can be easy to forget about the dangers of flash flooding.
"As many times as we say 'Turn around don't drown', we still have people driving into low water crossings, still have people that make bad choices,” Palmer Buck with the Austin Fire Department said.
On a sunny Wednesday, Austin emergency responders are prepared for future rain. Central Texas is called Flash Flood Alley for a reason, and it's among the most dangerous scenarios for rescue workers.
"You're going to have people on cars. You're going to have people in trees,” Mike Benavides with Austin/Travis County EMS said. “You’re going to have people in all different locations, so each rescue is going to provide its own problems."
Year after year, flooding kills more people in Central Texas than any other weather event.
"Most of the fatalities that we see in flash flooding are drivers that drive into low water crossings," Buck said.
The emergency crews attempted to simulate real conditions at their training Wednesday.
"I know the power of the water and I understand that it's something that's more powerful than I am,” Jeff Deane with the Austin Fire Department said. “So I need to use my training and techniques to overcome that."
Deane has been on the rescue team for more than a decade and now trains other responders for dangerous flood conditions.
"I try to take some of my experiences and training and continue to build on that and always looking at ways we can improve," he said.
Firefighters know most of these rescue situations could be avoided. The situation puts everyone involved at risk.
"We're going to come get you, but we prefer that you make the right choice and not put yourself in that position," Buck said.