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Floods force residents from Fort Wayne homes

June 3, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — Friday night storms that dumped up to six inches of rain on Fort Wayne swamped city streets and trapped some motorists in their cars, while swirling floodwaters closed the city's zoo for the day Saturday after staff moved hundreds of animals to higher ground.

Fort Wayne Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Murua said his crews had to rescue people marooned in their cars by high waters.

He told an area newspaper the Red Cross also was helping residents evacuated from their flooded apartment.

"Our crews have been out all night helping people get out of their vehicles that are stranded in high water, out of their homes with high water and helping to shut off gas and electric," he said.

Evan Bentley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said rainfall Friday and early Saturday reached four to six inches in the Fort Wayne area.

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