Deputies come to the rescue after school bus becomes stranded in high water in East Baton Rouge _lowres

Photo provided by East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office -- Sheriff's deputies help deliver children to safety after a school bus stalled in high water Monday morning, Oct. 26, 2015.

Sheriff’s deputies waded through thigh-high water Monday morning to rescue 21 schoolchildren and a driver from a school bus that had become swamped on a flooded bridge on its way to an East Baton Rouge Parish elementary school.

Five East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies used rescue lines hooked to the bridge’s railings, a high-water truck and flotation gear to reach the bus and carry the Northeast Elementary School students from the bus, which got stuck in high water in the 20000 block of Carson about 8:20 a.m., said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies carried each of the 21 children about 75 yards through thigh-high water to the waiting high-water rescue truck, Hicks said.

“After the bus was emptied, we hooked the tow truck cable to the bus for the wrecker to pull,” Hicks said.