“We rescued five adults, one child and four dogs” Stempowski said.
They were safely taken to land to be evaluated by EMS, and later released to family. Recent temperature increases have caused ice jams in rivers across the area, most notably in the Vermilion River.
The Riverside Drive neighborhood sits next to the river about a mile from the lake.
Stempowski said the neighborhood was several feet under water, preventing even the best land vehicles to navigate through it.
The fire department sent out emergency text messages late Friday night: once around 11 p.m. with a flood emergency warning, another around midnight stating Riverside Drive was completely underwater. City officials urged residents to evacuate.
Stempowski said the residents kept cool amid a chaotic experience. “They were exceptionally calm” he said.