7 rescued from flooded homes in New Castle

NEW CASTLE, Del. - May 1, 2014

At 6:00 a.m. rescue crews from several fire companies had to take to the boats in Christiana Acres to take people out of three homes on Meadow Road.

Some people chose to stay in their homes, but seven others were brought to safety, including a little girl desperately clutching her Easter bunny doll.

The Red Cross responded to the neighborhood to provide aid to those in need.

The flooding was brought on by the overflowing banks of the Christiana River.

Some of the worst flooding in New Castle was along Airport Road, with the roadway still impassable late this morning.

The high water inundated vehicles in the nearby Sheraton hotel parking lot. Our camera captured a turkey buzzard that had to land on top of one of the vehicles to dry out her wings.

New Castle County Executive Thomas Gordon says the hotel never should have been built there.

Gordon tells us, "This particular place is a nightmare, only because it should never have been allowed to be a hotel here. This is a flood zone."

Because of flooding at a school bus depot in Stanton, their fleet was marooned overnight and school for some 16,000 students in the county was reportedly cancelled today.

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