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11 people and 3 dogs rescued from their Vermilion homes as city remains under a Flash Flood Warning

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Posted at 7:23 AM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 18:18:33-05

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.

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.