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(NEW YORK) — The New York Police department has posted four videos of a helicopter rescuing people off of rooftops on Staten Island, N.Y., where entire neighborhoods are submerged under flood waters in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Members of the Aviation and Scuba teams saved five adults and one child who were trapped in their houses, according to the NYPD.

In the videos, an officer is lowered onto the rooftops on a line to help the stranded victims into a basket that is then hoisted back up to the helicopter.

In one video, the officer helps a person holding a small child into a basket and in another video the officer helps pull someone out of an opening in the roof of a house.

The Oct. 30 rescues were performed by Helicopter 23, the chopper named after the 23 New York City police officers who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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