HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Five people were rescued Tuesday after floodwaters wiped out the bridge to their vacation rental, trapping them for hours.
A peaceful getaway interrupted by raging flood waters.
“The creek kept rising all morning,” Betsy Laikin said.
“Yea and when we didn’t see the bridge anymore and we lost power and we lost water,” Josh Laikin said.
Josh Laikin, of Bethesda, Maryland was staying in a vacation rental with his wife, sister and two daughters when they found themselves surrounded by fast moving floodwaters. Rescue teams helped them up a steep hill to safety just after 5 in the evening.
“It’s very dangerous to put firefighters or rescuers in the water with that kind of debris coming down so we made the approach from the rear of the house and over the embankment,” Hamilton Township EMA Coordinator Will Clark said.
The fast-moving water is incredibly dangerous. Emergency personnel say there were 11 water rescues in Hamilton Township alone.
That number continued to rise throughout the evening. Flood waters tore through the area- damaging local landmarks like the Snydersville Diner and the historic old mill preserve.
“The flood waters kept rising and obviously it undermined part of the foundation there and then some other rocks collapsed and unfortunately we have a hole in the front of the building right now,” Hamilton Township Supervisor Bob Heil said.
The historic mill is owned by the township and dates back to the Revolutionary War.
“It’s going to be a big project. It’s going to cost some money but it’s an important part of the community and we’re going to make every effort we can to restore it,” Heil said.
At the end of the day, Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Co. had 15 water rescues in Hamilton. Thankfully, no injuries or hospitalizations were reported.