Did you read this news story in The New York Times? I haven’t been able to quit thinking about it.
Today’s blog is not a 1st-person story (thank God).
There are not on-scene pictures to go along with it (thank God).
It’s not a New York City activity that I encourage anyone to experience (thank God).
It has a happy ending (thank God).
I have to share a few details of the newspaper story with you here.
Two construction workers this past Sunday are in an elevator in a vacant building in Staten Island. There was a lot of rain on Sunday. The elevator doors wouldn’t open. They pushed all of the buttons trying to make something happen.
(What is your Number One Nightmare? Is it Getting Trapped In An Elevator?)
The elevator descended to the basement, which was flooded, due to all of the rain.
(What is your Number One Nightmare? Is it Getting Trapped In A Flooded Basement?)
The men had a cell phone, so they called for help. But, they didn’t know the address of the building that they were stuck in. They only knew what intersection it was near.
(What is your Number One Nightmare? Is it Not Being Able To Tell The Fire Department Where You Are?)
Meanwhile, the elevator is filling up with water from the flooded basement.
(What is your Number One Nightmare? Is it Getting Trapped In An Flooded Elevator?)
It took the Fire Department an hour to find the men in the stuck, flooding elevator in the flooded basement of that vacant building in Staten Island.
By the time help arrived, the two men were standing on a plastic cart in the flooded elevator. Even so, the water was up to their necks. And rising.
(What is your Number One Nightmare? Is it Getting Trapped In An Flooded Elevator, Standing With Someone Else On A Cart While The Water Continues To Rise And It’s Up To Your Neck Already?)
The news article concludes by describing how the Firemen lowered a narrow ladder through the emergency hatch and rescued the two trapped men.
They took the men back to the fire station: “We let them clean up in our facilities because we assumed that the water might have been sewer water.” the captain said.
(What is your Number One Nightmare? Is it Getting Trapped In An Elevator Flooded Up To Your Neck In Sewer Water For An Hour With No Help In Sight?)
There. I’m happy to have shared this story with you.
Sleep well tonight!