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Civic Service Report

A woman in New York says she had a close call with death as remnants of Ida’s floodwaters rushed into her basement.

Luckily, her legally blind son heard her screams and jumped into action.

Brittany Bell spoke with them both and has their story in this week’s Civic Service Report.

“He literally saved my life at that moment.”

Rivera had a scary close call as Ida’s floodwaters rushed her basement.

She went down to the basement after her tenant let her know that it was flooding.

While assessing the damage, water suddenly rushed in.

“Every time I came back down to touch the ground, the water would go over my head. So I was covered with feces, I was covered with dirty water. I really thought I was going to drown.”

She pushed her tenant out a small window, but the force of the water kept pushing her down.

That’s when she started screaming.

“I said Justin, Justin I’m going to drown, I’m drowning. As loud as I can, like it was my last breath.”

Thankfully, Justin heard those screams just in time.

“At some point she was just screaming for help, things like that. I was taken aback by how deep the water was in the yard.”

Despite the high water he immediately rushed into action.

“There was a sense of importance, but it was more like a calm rationalization of what needed to be done.”

Squeezing through the window left her covered in bruises, but despite being sore, Danette is happy her son was at the right place at the right time.

“There was no way for me to call him. There was no way for me to contact him. So for him to come down precisely at the moment, it was amazing grace.”

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