Seven vehicles, one bus stranded in flash flooding near Etter
Major flash flooding in the area of 200th Street and Ravenna Trail (Goodhue County Road 18) caused seven occupied vehicles to be stranded and put a coach bus in the ditch Thursday evening.
The Hastings Fire Department responded at about 11 p.m. June 14 and rescued 26 people, said Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt. The Metro Route 1 bus, carrying 16 people and the driver, had left Treasure Island Resort and Casino at about 10:30 p.m. and was driving toward Hastings when rising flood waters caused it to go into the ditch, according to a Treasure Island spokeswoman.
Hastings responders worked with the Cannon Falls Fire Department, Goodhue County Sheriff, and the Burnsville Fire Department to rescue the people in the bus and vehicles. Burnsville, like Hastings, has trained in swift water rescue capabilities, Schutt explained. Treasure Island's security also responded and sent a shuttle bus to transport passengers back to the resort and casino.
Also assisting was the State Patrol, which provided a helicopter with a spotlight and thermal imaging capabilities.
"Our worry was, what if somebody was unaccounted for and was swept away in the water," Schutt said.
Thermal imaging would allow rescuers to identify any victims by their body temperature.
U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3, located just south of Treasure Island, reported 6.37 inches of rain Thursday.