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Lever selection, Flaps 1,2,3,4, and slats extend automatically in 3 steps at flaps 1,2,and 4. With loss of both engine driven generators the Ram Air Turbine (RAT) should extend and run the blue hydraulic system giving them flight controls and also a small alterrnator for emergency electrical power and the battery. They would have had some instrumentation and communications as well as the PA. It all works well in the Simulator and apparently in real life too.
I believe that the flaps were never fully retracted after takeoff. Doing a Flaps 3 takeoff out of LGA is not uncommon in the A320. So they might have retracted them to position 1+F just before they hit the birds and then just left them there until impact. As someone mentioned before the book calls for Flaps 3 and 11 degree nose up for ditching. Obviously they didn't have time to look in the book... and that is probably a good thing. I can't wait until the NTSB releases some of the facts! Amazing job these pilots did!