Scenes of uprooted trees and stranded livestock continue to plague the South after the brunt of Hurricane Ida’s wrath. Residual storms from the hurricane made their way to the Northeast where they are now causing equally as much trouble. In horror scenes shared by locals, floods continue to ravage New York City subways as tornadoes threaten to topple structures across New Jersey and Maryland.
In the middle of all the chaos, Northeast parents want the same thing as any other parent: to keep their kiddos safe. The floods threatened this hope when parents received a call they couldn’t fathom. Their children were stranded in a sinking school bus.
Hurricane Ida School Bus Nightmare
The emergency took place in Pennsylvania after a record rainfall of 5.6 inches. The showers came as a result of the post-tropical cyclone, Hurricane Ida. The school bus headed out on its normal route near Pittsburgh when it accidentally reached a point of no return. It can be assumed the driver is the one who made the emergency call to the Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company for help. Crews promptly arrived with life vests and rescue boats. They ended up evacuating 41 passengers from the school bus. A similar incident actually occurred in Maryland recently. Here, a driver and their 10 passengers needed to be rescued from another school bus stranded in the floods. Though a scary situation for sure, no children were harmed.
Cherry City Fire and Rescue shared terrifying snaps from their mission, which you can view here:
Crews have been spending the morning performing water rescues. 260 boat rescued 41 passengers from the school bus and 10 more from homes that took on water rapidly. pic.twitter.com/ZDsfipEKAg— Cherry City Fire (@CherryCityFire) September 1, 2021
Northeast Declares an Emergency
Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf, signed an official statewide emergency proclamation Wednesday. It cites Hurricane Ida and its residual storms as the culprit. In efforts to keep his citizens safe, the governor also urged people to reconsider non-essential travel. Here’s what he had to say:
“This dangerous storm continues to have devastating impacts across the South and as it heads toward Pennsylvania, we are expecting significant rainfall across the state. I urge Pennsylvanians to monitor local weather and traffic conditions before making any plans and prepare for potential flooding.”
Public Information Officers in the Northeast are echoing the governor’s sentiments stating:
“We are highly encouraging everyone to get off these roads. Do not try to cross this water.”
Although we’d like to report that the worst of the storm is over, this is not necessarily the case. The residual storms from Ida are following their predicted path and moving east-northeast at 25 mph. Weather data suggests this movement will continue to span over the next 36 hours. So as far as thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes go, Northeast citizens aren’t in the clear yet.