NEWARK -- Emergency responders -- some using a boat and amphibious vehicle -- rescued 29 people stranded by flood waters in Newark Friday, officials said.
The flooding, brought on by torrential downpours, was mostly reported in the city's East Ward. Newark firefighters used a Zodiac boat to reach some stuck motorists while the Office of Emergency Management deployed its amphibious vehicle to aid in the rescues.
City emergency crews plucked two women, a man and an infant from three vehicles stuck at Roanoke and Foundry streets, near Avenue P, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said in a statement.
Other rescues occurred at Raymond Boulevard and Doremus Avenue, where emergency services retrieved four men and two women from three vehicles, and in the 300 block of Wilson Avenue, where crews brought six men and two women to safety from five stuck vehicles.
Officials found stuck motorists near Avenue I and Backus Street as well as other areas of the East Ward. Firefighters also searched several abandoned vehicles found submerged in the high waters.
The National Weather Service reported 3.05 inches of rain at Newark Airport Friday.