SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Fire crews in New Jersey had to rescue a U.S. Postal Service worker after his truck got stuck in ice water during high tide near the Shrewsbury River.
As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported Friday, crews worked quickly to rescue the postal worker, who got stuck in 4 feet of ice water on Shrewsbury Drive in Monmouth Beach.
Neighbor Carrie Tenuto said she was shoveling her walkway when she saw the postal truck heading down the street.
“I saw him and I started screaming for him to stop and he just plowed into the river,” Tenuto said.
The Monmouth Beach Fire Department was able to rescue the postal worker and tow the truck out of the water, Carrasco reported.
Tenuto said she believes the driver didn’t realize how deep the water was.
Residents along Shrewsbury Drive said they are used to water flooding their streets. They said this week’s snowstorm only made the high tide worse.
The postal worker was not the only person to get stuck in the icy waters Friday, Carrasco reported.
Fire crews made another rescue at Sailors Way and River Road, where two people were trapped inside an SUV that was submerged in several feet of water.
“It floods here very easily and if we get a nor’easter we get slammed here,” resident Frank Dicopoulos said.
High tide was set to come in at 10:45 p.m. and was expected to be about 3 feet higher than normal. Residents said they hoped it wouldn’t cause any more problems, Carrasco reported.
As it happens, a beach replenishment project is supposed to begin in Monmouth County on Saturday, Carrasco reported.
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