New Cumberland, Cumberland County—Since flooding started, emergency crews have been working long and hard keeping people safe.The New Cumberland River Rescue Team is one crew that has been busy getting people out of the water.
“ Very little sleep, manning the boats, people going out on the water that shouldn’t be out, oil tanks from mobile homes, flipped up and the lines are broken, people don’t realize there’s oil in the water,” says Mike Treaster with the New Cumberland River Rescue
A ride on their rescue boat gives us a firsthand look at the flooding from the Yellow Breeches Creek, that has yet to subside.Empty homes and parts of people’s lives floating down the street.
“ I’ve heard stories but nothing like this. This is sort of my first ordeal with major flooding,” says Chad Lindsey with the Fairview Township Fire Department
Joining the river rescue team, the Fairview Township Fire Department, monitoring the water from the other side of the bridge.
“ We all came together as a good team, got things done. Some days we didn’t have as many people as others because they were tired. But they had things to do with their homes and their families and brought them back when we could and just worked everything out,” says Lindsey
Teamwork, a common theme, helping New Cumberland get through this tough time.
“ All of our members are here because they enjoy helping other people. They took off from work used their time, in the water all day, all night without sleep and stuff,” says Tim Stoner with the New Cumberland River Rescue
We spoke with the police chief and he says that electric will not be restored to people until the water has gone completely down. Which we’re told will most likely not be until Sunday or Monday.