Residents are rescued amid state flooding


VERMILION (AP) -- Northern Ohio authorities have rescued the residents of six homes by boat as ice jams caused river flooding.

No one was hurt as the Vermilion River crested Saturday following a text alert to residents on Friday warning of an ice jam.

Vermilion Fire Chief Chris Stempowski tells the Chronicle-Telegram ( that the rescued residents failed to heed evacuation warnings

Mayor Eileen Bulan says the residents are staying with friends and family until the water recedes.

Until the waters recede, no one will know the extent of the damage from the flooding, Bulan said. "It's just a 'wait and see' effort," she said Saturday.

Some residents were able to move their cars to higher ground, while others were water-logged in driveways.

"The river is being impacted by two ice jams. One is located along the railroad bridge in Vermilion and the second is located at Mill Hollow," the National Weather Service stated in a press release.

A flood warning in the area and other parts of northern Ohio remained in effect until Sunday night.


Information from: The Chronicle-Telegram,

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