Good Samaritans rescue kids from school bus trapped in flood waters

STAMFORD, Conn. -- It was a scary Tuesday afternoon for kids on a school bus after they had to be rescued from a flooded neighborhood in Connecticut.

“Some of them were crying. It was frightening for them,” Philip Vincoli told WTIC.

More than 20 kids on the school bus were crying for help after it was stranded in approximately three feet of water.

A spokesman with Stamford Public Schools said the kids were from the Rodgers International School who were hoping to get home, but a typical day ended up being a dangerous one.

That is when neighbors jumped to the rescue. Manuel Orellana happened to have a small boat in his backyard.

“When I saw the kids, I said when the fire guys are coming to see how I can take the kids out. I said oh I have a boat in the yard,” Orellana said.

Orellana placed four to five kids in the boat at a time and even provided life jackets for them as they floated to safety.

Another neighbor lending a helping hand was Philip Vincoli, who made sure all the students and the bus driver got out safely.

“I work for the Town of Greenwich. I’m a government employee. I work for the highway department so I’m on the roadway all day long and it was something you just got to do,” said Vincoli.

Orellana and Vincoli said the street gets flooded all the time. In fact, they added five or six years ago, there was six feet of water during a storm.

“It looks like because all the water is coming from the hill -- that’s why I said the drain is going to be full,” Orellana said.

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