August 13, 2014 |

Diners rescued by boat as Buddy’s Pizza floods

By Pizza Today


Patrons at Buddy’s Pizza in Warren, Michigan, were caught by surprise when the restaurant began to flood earlier this week in the middle of dinner service. More than 125 diners and people who came in to escape the torrential rain were stranded at Buddy’s, according to the Detroit News. One account said people were standing on window sills and tables. Another patron tells of workers barricading areas where flood waters encroached.

One woman who went into cardiac arrest after having a seizure was taken away by emergency responders.

Rescuers in motorboats transported everyone in the restaurant to safety. Vice President of Operations Wesley Pikula told the Detroit News that he applauded Buddy’s customers and staff for their patience and cooperation during the ordeal, noting that the Buddy’s team did everything they could do as they waited for rescue.

On Tuesday, Pikula helped customers reclaim their vehicles that were completely submerges hours before in Buddy’s parking lot. The restaurant expects to open today, after assessing damage and cleanup on Tuesday.

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