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Flooding creates hazardous conditions around the US

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 01:13

Feb.21 - Melting ice and flood waters forced evacuations and cause traffic troubles in several Midwest U.S. states. Jennifer Davis reports.

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Flooding from Indiana's Wildcat Creek forced nearly 20 people to evacuate their homes. (SOUNDBITE) DAVID JOHNSON/EVACUATED RESIDENT SAYING: "They had to literally carry us from the house because the water was four feet deep at the back door. We've lived out here for about 30 years and I've seen three floods and nothing ever as bad as this. It's unbelievable." Illinois residents are keeping a watchful eye on Swan Pond, which is normally dry. But melting snow and an ice dam on the Des Plaines River have combined forces to fill it with millions of gallons of water, forming a waterfall over an asphalt path. In Northeast Ohio along the Rocky River, evacuations were voluntary. The Mayor spoke about the danger. (SOUNDBITE) PAM BOBST, MAYOR SAYING: "It's better to keep residents safe by alerting them and let Mother Nature do what she's going to do." And in Miami County Ohio, a woman driving to work in the dark never even saw the flooding that covered the road until it was too late. She called 9-1-1 for help. (SOUNDBITE) WILL ROBERTS, DEPUTY SAYING: "She was a little shaken up. She didn't know what to do so I walked her back and she's doing alright now." The flooding comes on the heels of record snowfalls throughout the U.S.

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Flooding creates hazardous conditions around the US

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 01:13