9-year-old girl helps rescue neighbors from flooding


MONROE TOWNSHIP, BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A nine-year-old girl is being hailed a hero after her quick-thinking during the flooding earlier this week in Bradford County.

In a story you can only see on Eyewitness News, Allison Chilson described the dramatic scene that unfolded outside her grandma’s home near Towanda on Tuesday morning.

The nine-year-old watched as South Branch Creek flooded its banks and wiped out a century-old bridge on Kellogg Road.

Ricky and Dalton Hinckley, a father and his teenage son, found themselves fighting for their lives, as a tree crushed their home and water rushed inside.

They grabbed onto anything they could just to stay afloat and screamed for help, hoping someone would hear them.

“It was really scary,” said Chilson.  “I felt bad for them.  I was thinking of what it would be like if I was stranded out there.  I would’ve been terrified!”

That’s when Chilson came to the rescue and called 9-1-1.  After first responders saved Ricky and Dalton Hinckley, they rescued other people evacuated from their homes, including Chilson and her grandmother.

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