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Lake Isle Center Shelters Bronxville's Smallest Evacuee

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Bronxville's smallest evacuee seemed quite comfortable at the safe center at Lake Isle. Two month old Medina Kocic left Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn with her mom, Sanella, her cousins, and her Aunt Alma to ride out the storm in Bronxville.

"We were so scared after everything we heard about evaluating in Brooklyn, we decided it was safer to come here to the home of a friend," Alma Kocic said on Sunday.

Their friend, Sam Groom, lives in Brooklands Condos in Bronxville. The Kocic's arrived on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday morning they were evacuated to the safe center when Groom's condo, located in the low lying areas around the Bronxville School, became flooded.

"We tried to wade out, but they came and got us," Kocic said. "The rescuers were just wonderful."

Groom said the funniest part was the fact that Kocic's Brooklyn home had no problems.

"There was no flooding, her lights were on, her place was untouched," Groom said.

The Kocics decided to stay at Lake Isle until the winds died down and planned on checking roadways before venturing home.

"The safe center at Lake Isle is located where there are showers, comfortable couches and lockers for storage," said Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita. "We plan to keep it open for a day or two until the flood waters recede and people have their power on."

In the meantime, Medina appeared to be enjoying her stay in Eastchester. "She has not cried one time," said her mom Sanella.

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