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Vermilion residents return home after a major flood
The Erie county city is working to break the ice on the Vermilion River to reduce effects of Friday's flood.
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Vermilion residents are finally able to go back home after a weekend of flooding.

Residents from about 25 homes along the Vermillion River had to evacuate on Thursday after the city issued a flood warning. Then Friday, the Vermilion fire department rescued five adults, one child and three dogs from the flood.

Tim Jonovich is the director of Emergency Management for Erie County. He says the county is making efforts to reduce back flow of the river caused by ice.

Here more from Jonovich on how Vermillion is reducing back flows.

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“Moving forward now, they’re just trying to keep the river open,” Jonovich said. “We had a barge out in the river that was breaking ice to try to get those ice jams to flow through. And we’re working with the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers to try to see if a larger icebreaker can open up the mouth of that river.”

Jonovich says those who were affected by the flood on Friday live in homes that require flood insurance.

He says the upcoming cold weather will freeze river again, making flooding an issue with the next thaw. 

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