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Alden woman rescued from home swallowed by flooding Cayuga Creek

An elderly Alden woman was rescued from her home by boat Thursday, following heavy rain that caused Cayuga Creek to rise above its banks.

A call for a welfare check was relayed to the fire company shorlty before 2 p.m. at a house in the 13000 block of Clinton Street, according to George Gertz, second assistant chief for the Marilla Fire Co.

When firefighters arrived, they found the 82-year-old occupant stuck in her house, which was surrounded by about 4 feet of water from the overflowing creek.

"It was rapidly moving water," said Gertz. "The concern was that the water was still rising and, if it started to rain again, the water was only going to get higher. So we had to get her out of there while the getting was still good."

He said a boat was needed to rescue the woman, and the Marilla Fire Co. does not have one. Gertz said a call for mutual aid was sent to the Alden Fire Co., which arrived with a boat and a rescue team to remove the woman from her dangerous surroundings.

Flooding in Alden led to a woman being rescued from her home by boat. (Photo courtesy of Shawn F. McMahon )

The woman was transported to the home of a relative. Gertz speculated that it would take about six to eight hours before the water surrounding the woman's house receded.

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