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Storms and Flash Floods Wreak Havoc in Montgomery County
MONTGOMERY COUNTY-- Violent storms ripped through the Miami Valley Friday leaving flash floods, and creating problems for drivers in Southern Montgomery County.
On Route 725 in Miami Township, police were squeezing traffic into one lane each direction at the I-75 underpass due to high water.
At the Dayton Mall, storm drains couldn't empty parking lots fast enough.
"I just got off work and came outside and couldn't get to my car," said Mina Anderson. She and her co-workers, as well as customers at Elder Beerman were asked by Firefighters and store staff to remain inside the building because flash flood waters a few feet deep had reached the store's front door and flooded a few dozen cars parked nearby.
"They wouldn't let us out the door so I walked all the way around from the other side to get to my car," Anderson said, "So I thought maybe since I'm up at this end I can try to get out."
In nearby Washington Township, "It was raining but I didn't know it was flooded like that and I was in high water before I knew it," said Bill Ryan as his flooded car was being towed away.
Ryan and a few other unlucky drivers had the same problem as they were stopped by flash flooding near Congress Park.
"It just died right away and then as cars were driving by you'd feel your car flat because they were knocking waves toward it," Ryan laughed.
At the Washington Township Recreation Center nearby, pool lifeguards were pulled away from their duties for a different type of aquatic safety... pulling up storm drains to help release flood waters.
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