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Melting ice, snow causing flooding in northeastern United States

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Melting ice, snow causing flooding in northeastern United States

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Jan 13, 2014

(KTNV) -- It's a case of be careful what you wish for.

Millions of people across the United States are enjoying much warmer temperatures Monday morning but those temps are causing a whole new set of problems.

People in the Northeast are now dealing with massive flooding. In addition, very high winds are wreaking havoc in other parts of the country.

After last week's Arctic blast, rising temperatures are a welcome relief. Rising waters are not.

The massive flooding is caused by melting snow and the high, fast-moving waters are causing concerns from Pennsylvania to Maine.

In western New York, backyards, basements and roads are turning into swimming pools. Emergency crews had to use boats and a bulldozer to rescue residents that were trapped by the rising waters.

In Ohio, both residents and pets had to be rescued when an ice jam caused a river there to overflow.

Wild winds have hit both the east and west coasts, knocking down trees and cutting powers to tens of thousands of people.

North Carolina was one of the hardest-hit areas. The gusts there were so strong that they were able to blow down a condo that was under constructions.

Wind gusts in the state reached 85 miles per hour.

Severe thunderstorms roared through Georgia. Two young girls had to be rescued from a home after being trapped there by a fallen tree.

Hurricane force winds also closed roads in Montanna and the gusts there were so strong that they knocked over a tractor-trailer truck.

Jessica Janner

Jessica Janner

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