FDNY Boat Crews Rescue Dozens Of Stranded Residents In Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, NY (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is thanking firefighters who saved dozens of stranded residents on Staten Island.

The water rose quickly in the Bull’s Head section of Staten Island as Tropical Storm Irene slammed the city Sunday.

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Many residents began to panic as the flood waters reached their home, their cars beginning to float on the street and in driveways.

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That’s when FDNY sprung into action, paddling out to homes in Zodiac boats that were flooded by more than five feet of water.

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Kevin Holligan of the Staten Island kayaks across a flooded section of the borough's Hyland Boulevard after the rain and wind of Tropical Storm Irene subsided, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 (AP Photo/The Staten Island Advance, Anthony DePrimo)

“There were some people who were panicking and we were trying to calm them down, that’s what all the guys were trying to do, just calm them down,” said firefighter Anthony Mua of Engine 154. “But we were trying to take anyone who was injured, elderly. There was a person who was diabetic, she didn’t have her medication so she needed to get out. There was a woman with two, 3-month old children.”

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

Mua says people cooperated and left with only the bare essentials.

In addition to 61 adults and three kids, firefighters also rescued two dogs, a cat and one rabbit.

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  1. KPMc says:

    “That’s when FDNY sprung into action, paddling out to homes in Zodiac boats that were flooded by more than five feet of water.”

    This sentence says that the Zodiac boats were flooded by more than five feet of water. I may be wrong but I don’t think that is the case.

    Someone needs to consult their fourth grade teacher about proper sentence structure and properly identifying subjects.

    Should be more like…

    “That’s when FDNY sprung into action, paddling out to homes that were flooded by more than five feet of water in Zodiac inflatable boats.”

    Notice how I not only construct the sentence properly, attributing the correct description to the correct subject, but I also clarify what a Zodiac boat is for those of us that don’t know.

    I had one of the worst attendance records possible from elementary to high school, wound up getting my GED instead of a Regents Diploma and took 10 years to graduate college yet am still flabbergasted as to how poorly supposed professionals write and speak and their general lack of common sense.

    It’s not that difficult people!

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