A helicopter rescued two highway workers Sept. 1 who were working on an Aug. 28 flood-damaged section of U.S. Route 7 over the Cold River. The site is located where the Clarendon Gorge (the Cold River) passes below the highway.
Kenneth Clark, 43, and Robert Butler, 25, both of Danby, Vt., were stranded in sediment in the Cold River below Route 7. The site workers had just braved a local thunderstorm when a flash flood—unrelated to the tropical storm—stranded them.
Attempts were made to rescue the men by the Clarendon Fire Department and other nearby emergency crews.
Because of their dangerous location, emergency officials requested a rescue helicopter be flown to the scene by the New York State Police.
A NYSP chopper crew arrived within 45 minutes and rescued Clark and Butler.
Both men were safe and uninjured.