THURMONT, Md. (AP) — First responders in western Maryland used a boat to rescue 10 children and a driver from a school bus caught in rising flood waters as the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped heavy rainfall on Wednesday afternoon.
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Todd Wivell said the school bus got stuck when it tried to cross a bridge in the Thurmont area that had water going across it, WTOP-FM reported. The driver and 10 children were rescued from the bus by boat, with the help of first responders from the sheriff’s office and the Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, he said.
Even 6 inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet, Wivell said.
Frederick County Public Schools recalled all school buses that were in the process of dropping students off. Parents were asked to pick their kids up from school buildings.
Frederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Terry Alban apologized after facing criticism for not dismissing children early, saying the decision to remain open for a full day led to “stress and anxiety for many,” The Frederick News-Post reported. School systems in neighboring counties sent students home early ahead of forecasted inclement weather.