- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) - More than a dozen people have been rescued from a rugged ravine in central New York after rapidly rising floodwaters trapped unwary hikers, swimmers and picnickers.

Rescuers from local, county and state police and fire agencies rescued 13 people in three different groups along Canajoharie (kan-uh-joh-HAYR’-ee) Creek Wednesday evening. Police say nobody was hurt.

The creek, which has several scenic waterfalls, rose quickly after heavy rain upstream. People trapped along the flooded creek in Wintergreen Park in the village of Canajoharie started calling 911 shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Rescuers had to use technical equipment and ropes, pulling some of the people up a 120-foot-high cliff in the gorge 40 miles west of Albany. Rescue operations went on until around midnight.

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