VERMILION, Ohio — Eleven Vermilion residents and three dogs were rescued from their homes overnight as melting snow and rain caused dangerous rising waters.
First responders rescue residents from flooded homes.
Erie and Lorain counties remain under a Flash Flood Warning until 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
The high water near the river cut off several houses, forcing first responders to rescue residents and their dogs by boat.
Water levels reached mailboxes and doorsteps in Vermilion.
Earlier Thursday morning, authorities reported high water near the mouth of the river because of an ice jam.
As of 6 a.m., the ice jam broke, causing the river to begin flowing again.
Vermillion river ice has broken free @WEWS pic.twitter.com/EmMl44yIGL— Dave Kraska (@DaveKraska) January 24, 2019
The Vermilion Fire Department said they knocked on all the homes near the river as a precaution. Some residents still inside preferred to stay while others evacuated their homes.
People who live along the banks still are stuck because the ice that came up into their driveways and homes is still frozen despite the river levels dropping. Just spoke to a man who can’t get to his parents inside one of the homes. @WEWS pic.twitter.com/3dEVv5oPpP— Jessi Schultz (@Jessi_Dianne) January 24, 2019