Evacuations reported from flooding in northeast Ohio


VERMILION -- Flooding from ice jams have led to evacuations along the Vermilion River and at least one rescue of a resident in northeast Ohio.

WEWS-TV and WJW-TV in Cleveland reported that a homeowner and dog were rescued late Saturday morning by boat after being trapped in their home by flood waters and ice in the city about 30 miles west of Cleveland.

The National Weather Service confirmed there were some evacuations, saying the most severe flooding is around the mouth of the Vermilion River.

Vermilion police had issued mandatory evacuations Saturday for residents on Riverside Drive in the northeast Ohio city.

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