Mudslide victim recounts harrowing escape

January 29, 2018 05:52 PM

SCHENECTADY - Two homes and a garage have been demolished in Schenectady, one day after a mudslide trapped people inside one of the homes on Nott Terrace.

One of the men who escaped was Reco Ross. He got home from work late Saturday night and was hanging out with his nephews. They went to bed, and then it happened.

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"We were just having family time and all of a sudden, we hear a pshhh, a rumble and a pshhh and the next thing you know, I woke up, everything was black and I woke up to my nephews screaming," he explained.

Ross was pinned to a wall. One nephew was also pinned while the other was stuck standing on one board.

"For a moment, it's like, ‘Okay, we've got to survive right now.' But you know, we all took care of each other. We all got out alive and that's a good thing," he pointed out.

However, getting out wasn't easy. They had to get creative.

"We had to take a crock pot and bust out the side window in the kitchen and stand on top of the table and the other neighbor came from outside and kicked it in, so they could get me and one nephew out, but then the fire department was getting my other nephew out," explained Ross.

Ross hurt his ankle and ribs. One nephew is also banged up. The other is still in the hospital, but is expected to be okay.

"The good thing about this is nobody had anything broken. We were just pinned up and we're just banged up. It's going to take more than a hill to take us out," he asserted.

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