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One Death Blamed On Ohio Flooding

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Flooding in northern Ohio is now being
blamed in at least one death.

A 74-year-old man in Mansfield was found dead on the floor in a
room above the garage of an apartment unit. The coroner says he
died from smoke inhalation from a fire started by floodwaters that
tipped over a gas can in the garage below his apartment.

Residents of Findlay are hoping to return to their water-soaked
homes today after heavy downpours that brought the city's deepest
floodwaters in nearly 100 years.

Firefighters and a volunteer armada yesterday navigated boats
through streets awash in waist-deep water to rescue neighbors and
their pets from porches.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has declared states of emergency in
counties across northwest and north-central Ohio.


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