Daycare evacuated for flooding numerous times

The Action Cam was there as a daycare was evacuated due to flooding in Elsmere, Delaware on July 14, 2010.

July 15, 2010 2:55:15 PM PDT
As firefighters carried small children out of a daycare threatened by floodwaters in Elsmere, Delaware on Wednesday, it was striking to see how calm the children were.

As it turns out, they may have been used to the routine.

"We've done it probably six or seven times in the past five or six years," said Nicole Tarantino, the owner of All My Children daycare.

She says each time the flooding never quite enters the daycare, but taking chances with children is never an option.

"Parents are usually glad that we did what we did," Tarantino said. "I can't imagine if the water did come in with us standing on the tables with all the kids!"

Next door, Steve Mendala was clearing out Serpes Bakery after knee-deep water rushed in.

"Just myself I bet I threw away 80 dozen rolls yesterday," said Steve Mendala.

Fortunately that was all they lost. On Thursday it was business as usual.

"People are still calling saying 'Are you ok, are you open?' and we are," Mendala said.

Meanwhile, from rescuing the kids, to saving people stranded, it was quite a day for fire fighters - who got a chance to take it easy on Thursday.

"Everyone's cleaning up, cleaning up the equipment, ready for next time," said Chief Dennis Godek. "Hopefully it doesn't come any time soon!"