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Boat used to rescue motorists as Andrea rains drench LI

Members of the Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department rescue

Members of the Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department rescue a woman from the roof of her car after she became stranded in flood water at the intersection of Marbridge Road and Meadow Lane in Lawrence. (June 7, 2013)

Firefighters used an inflatable boat to rescue motorists stranded in a flooded Lawrence street intersection, one of multiple spots on Long Island where deep water made vehicle travel impossible during the Friday evening rush, officials said.

"We removed one person who was actually on the hood of their car," according to Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Chief John McHugh. "They get about halfway in and then it's too late."

Heavy rains, courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea moving up the coast, deluged Long Island, flooding secondary roads to major highways.

McHugh said they got the call at 5:45 p.m. to respond to a location they've been to many times in the past.

"Whenever it rains," McHugh said. "We were dispatched to the area of Meadow Lane and Marbridge Road in Lawrence for multiple cars in the water with people trapped."

McHugh said the water there was about 4 feet deep Friday in the middle of a stretch of about 300 feet of flooded roadway.

No one was injured, McHugh said. Two people managed to walk themselves out of the water, and two were taken out by the fire department's boat, he said.

"The roadway was closed off by the police when we left," McHugh said, and the vehicles were eventually towed out.


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