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Columbus firefighters rescue 2 people trapped under bridge by fast-rising Scioto River

The Scioto River floods after heavy rainfall.
Mark Ferenchik
The Scioto River floods after heavy rainfall.

Columbus firefighters came to the rescue of two people who were trapped under a bridge early Tuesday when the waters of the Scioto River began rising, and forecasters warned more severe weather is headed to the area.

The two people were sleeping under a bridge in the area of Broad Street in downtown Columbus around 8:45 a.m. when the Scioto River started to rise. While the pair were never directly in the water, the flooding prevented them from returning to the shore, so a Columbus fire department boat was sent to rescue them.

No injuries were reported.

A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of the Scioto river that are expected to reach flood stage Wednesday morning. A flood watch also remains in effect for the Olentangy River near Worthington.

Forecasters also warned that severe storms which could potentially spawn tornadoes and more flooding were expected to move into central Ohio on Tuesday afternoon.

The Associated Press