April 7 - Rescue crews help to evacuate apartment residents after heavy rain floods city streets in Birmingham, Alabama. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Residents at this Alabama apartment building awoke to find water quickly rising outside their doors.
Birmingham is being pummeled by heavy rain.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) APARTMENT RESIDENT, ANGELA KIRBY, SAYING:
"When I woke up it was moving like a river, so by the time we put on our clothes and opened the door, 5 minutes it was flooded."
Neighbors quickly alerted each other to get out.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) APARTMENT RESIDENT, STEPHANIE CARMEN, SAYING:
"It was a lot of banging on the door, people were coming around making sure people were getting out."
Then rescue crews arrived, telling people to evacuate or go to a higher floor. Upstairs neighbors were glad to open their doors.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) APARTMENT RESIDENT, MONIQUE HAHN, SAYING:
"Everybody's been super nice offering warm clothes, these aren't even my clothes I have on her clothes, but they've just been wonderful."
Many people were pulled to safety by rafts, past rows of cars almost completely submerged in water.
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