Rescuers Search For People In Delaware County After Flash Flooding

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 20, 2007 at 7:53 PM EDT

Helicopters look from above.

On the ground rescuers use ATVs to search for any signs of flood victims.

"We don't have any actual victims at this point, we have people unaccounted for but we don't know what the circumstances surrounding their situation might be," says Troop C Commander, Major Kevin Molinari.

Molinari says the heavy rains pushed water and mud down the mountain here in the Town of Colchester.

Brandon Joslin and his family were in their home on Route 7 in when the storms started.

"All you saw was pretty much the river coming down, we saw trailers coming down, a couple of four wheelers, propane tanks came by hissing, gas everywhere," says Joslin.

Joslin and his family walked a half mile before being rescued by a passing police officer.

Many roads are closed.

Rescuers from surrounding fire departments like Downsville help sift through debris.

"We have crews out that walk through the woods because the road is no longer there, and they have to go in by foot," says Mark Mattson of Downsville Fire Dept.

In neighboring Sullivan County, emergency workers meet at the Roscoe fire station and head out in teams.

Roscoe also has shelter for people like the Joslin family.

Brandon says he's been told it may take weeks before they can return home.

For now, he and other families will wait, thankful to be out of harm's way.

State Police are conducting a house by house search in that area of Colchester.

The worst damage was off route 7, near the Sullivan County line.

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