Engine 4 under the command of Lieutenant Ted Maslowski responded to a roadway directly above the residential collapse and attempted to throw a rope to the victims. This proved unsuccessful. The only way to rescue them was to do so by water. At one point, Williams and Masterantoni disappeared and could not be found. Mudrick believed that the current had swept them away and feared that they were dead. At 4:40 PM, City of Weirton Police Lieutenant Dave Popish who was "on-shore" had received a report that a dam in nearby Beaver County was about to fail. The dam spills into arteries of Kings Creek. It was believed that if the dam broke, emergency personnel would only have a few minutes to completely evacuate the area before being swept away. Due to heavy radio traffic, communication with the rescue crew was impossible. A PA system was used to relay the information to the crew but due to the extreme noise level, it could not be heard. Popish who's son is also a Weirton Police Officer called his son via cellular phone. Eric Popish is a resident of Green Tree Lane and was also stranded due to the flooding. Popish was able to find Mudrick and relay the information that his father had advised. At that time, Mudrick located five residents in a house and successfully rescued them taking them back to "shore".
Upon returning to "shore", Popish advised that there were two more elderly residents on Green Tree that no one had heard from. Mudrick and Firefighter Creston Kennedy responded by boat to the residence and made entry. An elderly man and his wide were found walking inside in nearly 4 feet of water. Both the man and his wife were removed from the residence and safely taken to "shore".
Mudrick then advised that two of his crew members were missing. Other rescue personnel at the scene advised that his crew (Williams and Masterantoni) had made it to Engine 4 and were safe. No other information regarding the dam was known at the time. Rescue personnel were then advised that more of the structure where the family of three were located had collapsed. It was believed that they only had a few more minutes before they would be swept away.
Weirton Resident Dave Krensavage came to the scene hauling a Sea-Doo Jet Ski. It was decided that this would be the only way to get to the trapped family. Mudrick advised that he would attempt the rescue using the ski. Upon launching the ski, a path was mapped out from Green Tree Lane. Mudrick was able to find a clear patch behind several houses and through a flooded field. While in-route to the trapped family, he observed two other residents of Kings Creek Road standing on the front porch of their home. He stopped and advised them that he would return as soon as he was able to get their neighbors to safety. They told him that they did not wish to leave. Even after Mudrick explained the severity of the situation, the refused to leave.
Mudrick continued to the trapped family of three and begun to rescue them one at a time. He was greeted by a man, his wife and adult daughter. The first of the three to be rescued was the man's wife. On the trip back to "shore", they encountered a yard trampoline and became stuck atop of it. Both Mudrick and the man's wife had to get off of the ski and move it back into the water. Once in the water Mudrick re-boarded the ski and assisted the wife back on. She was taken to "shore" without further incident.
He returned for the man's daughter and brought her back to shore unscaved. The water at that time had begun to move more rapidly. It was believed that the speed was around 35 to 40 miles per hour. Mudrick returned a third time and the man boarded the ski. Upon pulling away from the residence at full throttle, they found themselves inside of a swift stream and not moving. Mudrick decided that they needed to shift to neutral and drift with the current a short distance until they found another path. The two drifted for about 30 feet before finding another route. Although they were tossed about the swift current, Mudrick and the man returned to "shore" safely.
Lieutenant Popish was informed of the two residents who refused to leave. The rescue crew had only a few minutes to rehab when they were summoned to the area of Culler Road and Pleasant Valley Trailer Court. At 7:15 PM the responded.
Upon arriving in the area, Shumate advised that his crew was able to evacuate and rescue around 17 people and the rescue boat was not needed. At 7:45 PM, the crew was dispatched to the Cove Valley Estates area of the City. This area borders Kings Creek and is accessible from US Route 2, Kings Creek Road, 12th Street and Turkey Foot Road. US Route 2 at Kings Creek was impassable due to major flooding. 12th Street and Kings Creek Road was impassable due to major flooding.
The crew was able to access this area via Turkey Foot Road and stage at the Sun Valley Grocery Store. Rescue crews from the Oakland District VFD, City of Weirton Police Department's ERT and Chester VFD were already on scene. Chester VFD was attempting to rescue several residents via hover craft but experienced difficulty due to the swift current.
They were able to rescue five residents before conditions made it near impossible to run the craft or any other boat. One section of the estates could only have been accessed by taking a direct path via water craft through the creek.