2011-09-01 / Local & State

Pa. Firefighters In Boat Save Man Clinging To Tree

HATBORO, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say firefighters climbed into a boat to rescue a man who drove onto a flooded road in suburban Philadelphia and clung to a tree.

Enterprise Fire Co. Chief Keith Gordon says firefighters were called to a two-lane road along Montgomery County creek early Sunday. He says firefighters’ rescue boat hit a guard rail that was masked by water from the flooded creek ahead of Hurricane Irene. The boat took on 7 or 8 inches of water, but firefighters stayed aboard.

Gordon says the man was rescued and treated at the scene. He says police were considering filing reckless endangerment charges.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared a state of emergency in the city. Flood and flash flood watches are in effect for parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania through Sunday.

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