A woman who had just given birth and her baby were among people rescued from the Santa Ynez River in Lompoc on Monday.

In the first incident, the Lompoc Fire Department was on the 2000 block of North H Street checking on black smoke they had seen earlier, police Sgt. Jorge Magana said. 

Firefighters found an adult woman who delivered her child prematurely with the assistance of the child’s father. 

“The Fire Department contacted them while they formulated a plan to rescue the trio, as they were surrounded by water flowing through the riverbed,” Magana added. 

After the three people were rescued, the child and mother were taken to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center and were in stable condition. 

Lompoc police officers also responded to the hospital to investigate possible child endangerment along with Child Welfare Services representatives.

Hours later, Lompoc police dispatchers received a call about someone yelling for help.

“Officers discovered three persons and a dog in the middle of the riverbed surrounded by water, approximately 40 yards from the west river edge, just east of River Bend Park,” Magana said. 

Lompoc firefighters requested help from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team.

After arriving, team members rescued one of three people trapped, with the other two choosing to remain, Magana said. 

Santa Barbara  County Animal Services personnel also were summoned by firefighters. 

“These two incidents are a good reminder that if you do not need to be out on the road, please stay home,” Magana said. 

Other areas within Lompoc have large amounts of standing water, he added. 

The Lompoc Valley wasn’t the only area where crews had to conduct water rescues.

In Santa Ynez, a man was rescued from a stranded vehicle on the 1000 block of Alisos Avenue when his vehicle attempting to cross a creek was washed downstream.

On Monday night, emergency personnel also rescued at least one driver trapped in rising water on Highway 135 between Orcutt and Los Alamos.

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.