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18 people rescued from flooded homes

SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. – Northwest Indiana police said firefighters used boats to rescue 18 people after floodwaters from heavy overnight rains surrounded their homes.

Porter County sheriff’s Sgt. Larry LaFlower said rain-swollen Salt Creek trapped four families in their homes in the community of South Haven. He said firefighters used boats early Friday to rescue those residents and bring them to dry ground at a local fire station.

LaFlower said the flooded homes were in an older, flood-prone neighborhood of the community about 15 miles east of Gary.

Although floodwaters approached South Haven Elementary School, school secretary Kristal Harkins said the school remained open Friday. She said the school ran a shuttle bus between a nearby church and the school for students who walk to school or whose parents drive them to school.

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