Firefighters Rescue Man After Floodwater Trapped Him in Tree for Hours

Willimantic firefighters rescued a homeless man who was trapped in a tree for eight hours because of floodwaters. 

The 30-year-old man was trapped in an area near the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum after climbing eight feet into a tree to get to higher ground, officials said. 

"He was a homeless gentleman. He went out there to find his camp and when he got out there, he found out that the river had taken it away," Scott Card, captain of the Willimantic Fire Department, said. 

According to Card, the man said he was calling for help around 9:30 p.m. Thursday and someone on the other side of the river heard him this morning and called 911. 

Rescuers then waded through chest-deep water to save him.

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