Thursday, August 16, 2012
Cooper Avenue flooding almost claims 3 lives
From the Daily News:
Sister Claudia Bradshaw and her two pals, caught off guard by a flash flood, were trapped in a sinking car beneath a Queens overpass Wednesday afternoon.
Bradshaw, 86, prayed for deliverance, while her friends frantically called 911. The water was up to Bradshaw’s neck when her prayers were answered — by a pair of plucky Fire Department EMT’s.
Fighting through the pelting rain into a deep puddle that quickly became 7 feet of angry, swirling water, Marilyn Arroyo and Jimmy Guailacela pulled the nun and her friends out — just before the swamped Lexus went under.
Arroyo said they’re glad they didn’t wait for firefighters to arrive, which is what they would usually do.