Record rains trap workers in flooded NYC elevator

By: VERENA DOBNIK and GEOFF MULVIHILL (Associated Press)
By: VERENA DOBNIK and GEOFF MULVIHILL (Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Parts of the country's eastern half are cleaning up after storms set rainfall records over the weekend.

As much as 11 inches of rain fell on parts of New Jersey on Sunday and washed away roads. New York's Kennedy Airport recorded nearly 8 inches, a record for any day.

On New York's Staten Island, firefighters rescued two construction workers from an elevator that was filling up with basement floodwaters.

Cabinetmaker Ed Tyler says "I was freaked out -- the water was almost chest-high."

A small hospital in northern Ohio moved patients to other facilities after water inundated a room holding power distribution panels.

Cleveland recorded more than 3 1/2 inches of rain.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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