Members of the Levittown Fire Department received an influx of calls the morning of July 17 when a passing storm deluged the mid-island area with up to three inches of rain.
Several motorists were stranded in their cars on local streets after flash floods created high waters.
While Levittown Fire Chief Mark Janovsky said no one anticipated that much rain falling within a half-hour, once calls began lighting up the switchboard they "alerted a general tone for all available manpower."
The first call came in at 8:40 a.m. for a vehicle stuck in high water on Hyacinth Road. After that, calls continued to stream in.
"We had everyone and just kept assigning them to each call," Chief Janovsky explained. "Once we had a truck in an area, we just kept it there because the trucks are high enough that they're not going to get stuck in the water. Our trucks could make it down there as opposed to cop cars and chief's cars that can't.
Motorists stranded on Barrister Road, Center Lane, Cornflower Road, Shelter Lane, Shotgun Lane, Bucket Lane, Meridian Road, Constable Lane, Loring Road, Jerusalem Avenue and Blacksmith Road were all rescued. No injuries were reported.
"They're [Levittown firefighters) well trained and under the circumstances of a high volume of calls and requests for help, all were answered," Chief Janovsky added.
(Owen Magee contributed to this story.)