Image: Jan. 11: A residential area of Watseka, Ill., under flood waters MORE IMAGES
Hundreds were forced to evacuate in east-central Illinois after days of heavy rainfall and melting snow caused severe flooding. More than 430 homes, including 235 in Watseka, were evacuated. The towns hardest hit by the flooding were Watseka, an Iroquois County community of 6,000 people, and Pontiac in Livingston County, where about 200 homes were evacuated when the Vermilion River went over its banks. "This disaster is of a magnitude that you can never be fully prepared."
CANADA - The WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE in the Ontario cottage country town of Huntsville came with little notice from environmental officials. The mayor had been warned Wednesday afternoon by Ministry of Natural Resources officials that there would be "very minor" flooding, as light rain and warm weather melted snow. But about 6 p.m., "The (ministry) phoned back and said this is the big one. Within two hours, we had to get people out of that area. Within three hours, there was five feet (1.5 metres) of water." Image above:
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