Two officers credited with saving two women from flash flooding
ALBANY, N.Y. - Two Albany Police Officers are being credited with rescuing two women from a vehicle after flash flooding struck the area on Tuesday.
Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Officer Christopher Stiles was responding to a call when he observed a flooding condition at Hackett Boulevard and Crown Terrance. Officer Stiles immediately shut down the intersection and called for an additional unit to ensure that motorists would not enter Hackett Boulevard from Holland Avenue. Officer Philip Durand responded and shut down Hackett Boulevard at Holland Avenue.
While on the scene, both officers say they saw a vehicle pull out of nearby parking lot and enter the flooded street. The vehicle immediately came to a stop and began taking on water. The vehicle became submerged and both occupants had to exit the vehicle and stand on the trunk.
Officers Stiles and Durand entered the water towards the officers. The water was roughly chest high, say police. The occupants told the officers that they did not know how to swim. The officers carried the women to a nearby yard and brought them to higher ground.
One of the victims is six-months pregnant. The women were not injured.
The Albany Police Communications Center received 520 calls on Tuesday between 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.