When a bridge flooded in Frederick County, Maryland, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, a school bus carrying 10 students got trapped in high water Wednesday, and students had to be rescued by boat, WTOP Radio in Washington reports.
All 10 students and the driver were rescued successfully, but the superintendent for Frederick County Public Schools said she regretted keeping schools open all day Wednesday.
“Our decision to remain open for a full day led to last-minute changes for families, along with stress and anxiety for many,” Terry Alban said in a note to the school community. “For that, I am deeply sorry. My first priority is to keep students and staff safe. I am grateful that everyone was able to get safely to their homes.”
“We had a school bus try to cross a bridge that had water going across it; the school bus got stuck,” Todd Wivell, spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, was quoted as saying.
The bus got trapped in floodwaters around 4:30 PM Wednesday on Hessong Bridge Road at Black Mills Road in Thurmont, he told the station. With the help of first responders from the sheriff’s office and the Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, all 10 children made it safely home.
Schools in Frederick County were closed on Thursday and most activities cancelled or postponed.