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Chester County family rescued from flood on farm equipment with the help of strangers

WGAL Lancaster-Harrisburg logo WGAL Lancaster-Harrisburg 8/9/2020
Family rescued from flood by five strangers and a backhoe © Provided by WGAL Lancaster-Harrisburg Family rescued from flood by five strangers and a backhoe

A video posted on social media shows a group of strangers rescuing a family stranded on their car by a flooded stream in Chester County.

Children on car as they await help while trapped in a flood in Chester County. © Provided by WGAL Lancaster-Harrisburg Children on car as they await help while trapped in a flood in Chester County.

The Doe Run Stream in West Marlborough Township rose quickly and swept away a car with a family inside.

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Five strangers saw what happened and came up with a plan to the family to safety. A local farm had a backhoe so one of the rescuers drove it as close to the car as possible. The other rescuers formed a human chain to get the father and his four children safely into the backhoe's bucket.

a car parked in a parking lot: Car swept away in flood in Chester County © Provided by WGAL Lancaster-Harrisburg Car swept away in flood in Chester County

Dan DiGregorio was on of the rescuers; he tells us, "I hope one day I will get to remeet that family and make sure they are ok."

The area does not cellphone service so no one was able to call for help.

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