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NKY students rescued from bus trapped between flood waters

A second bus came to pick up the students. (FOX19 NOW) A second bus came to pick up the students. (FOX19 NOW)
Flood waters creep onto the roadway in front and back of the bus. (FOX19 NOW) Flood waters creep onto the roadway in front and back of the bus. (FOX19 NOW)
DRY RIDGE, KY (FOX19) -

16 Grant County School District students were rescued from a bus stranded between rising flood waters on Friday morning.

The bus driver radioed for assistance in the 7200 block of Elliston Mount Zion Road around 8 a.m. 

The bus became stranded on high ground after creek waters flooded both sides of the road. The bus driver was unable to move forward or backward, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

Inflatable rescue boats accessed the bus while another crew made it to the bus on-foot through an embankment, according to Grant County Schools Spokesperson Lisa Howe.

"The decision was made that the safest way to exit was up the embankment that was on one side of the bus to a lane that led them to an alternative access road," said Howe.

Howe said the bus driver estimated she and the students hiked a half mile with rescuers to reach another bus awaiting on dry land. They trekked through some mud but never in the water.

Students aboard the bus ranged from kindergartners to high schoolers. 

Parents were notified and had the option of picking their child up after they were dropped off at school. 

By 11 a.m. all of the students were safely back on a bus and transported to GCHS where they were fed, met with parents, and/or were transported to their respective schools, school officials said.

Grant County's transportation director had assessed the roadway early Friday morning and reported it clear to transport students, according to Howe. The creek had surpassed its banks by the time the driver took her route.

Elliston Mt. Zion Road runs along a portion of Ten Mile Creek with Flat Creek nearby.

Heavy rain fell Thursday night into Friday morning, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for most of northern Kentucky. 

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