Heavy Flooding Keeps Hartford City Fire Department Busy

By ISABELLA MOLLER | imoller@kark.com

Published 08/28 2014 10:12PM

Updated 08/29 2014 08:35AM

“It was major flooded here.”

Connie and Aaron Thomas explained the heavy rainfall that hit Hartford City and their trailer park just a week ago.

“We were lucky. We were about 4 to 5 inches from literally getting in our front door,” said Connie.

Connie said she woke up and her husband Aaron said the Fire Department was at their door to rescue them from the floods.

“Quick to get here which was wonderful and real compassionate as far as animals and children. They definitely were here to help and they did it in a hurry. I couldn’t expect them to do anymore than they did. I was very pleased,” said Connie.

"Fire Department was quick. They were nice. They did as much as they could in a short amount of time," said Aaron.

Chief Ron Parrott from the Hartford City Fire Department said his team had to use boats to save the residents in the trailer park.

“Gas meters, you know you don’t know what’s down there so we took the boat to each trailer, knocked at each trailer asking if they wanted rescue,” said Chief Parrott.

The nationwide-seen video of the home and business fire was just one of the many calls the Hartford City Fire Department responded to that day.

“Rescued 17 from Trailer Park 3 from vehicles stranded in water and one from a business that day, so we were really busy that day,” said Chief Parrott.

After the stress that the flooding has caused her and her family, she has nothing but good things to say to the Hartford City Fire Department.

“Thanks for doing your job correctly and being here. I was quite impressed, glad that the city of Hartford is employing men that know what they’re doing,” said Connie.

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