STORM AFTERMATH: Firefighters rescue family
Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 05:37 PM EDT
Penn Yan, N.Y. -- Without warning, water rushed into Bruce Kerrick's Penn Yan home Tuesday night.
Kerrick's wife woke him up to tell him there was water on the floor.
"Within half an hour of when she woke me up, it went from there was water on the bedroom floor to the whole first floor was completely under water," Kerrick said.
Kerrick grabbed his family and rushed out, alerting his neighbor Olivia Rodriguez as they left. Rodriguez was with her young children next door. She credited Kerrick with helping to save her family.
"If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have gotten out," Rodriguez said.
Firefighters used a ladder to reach Rodriguez and her kids.
"It made it into my neighbor's apartment and they cut through the wall and pulled us through the wall," she said.
They were out of the house, but not out of harm's way. Grain trucks, swept up by the water, sailed towards them.
"They just floated by, and one of them almost took out a telephone pole," Rodriguez said.
As the water levels finally dropped, so did Rodriguez's heart.
"To see a whole tractor-trailer floating down the street was devastating," she said.
Despite the storm, the neighborhood is determined to rebuild.
"We'll start from zero, and we'll do it again," Kerrick said.