Flash flooding takes out bridge in north central Illinois

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SENECA, Ill. (AP) — Heavy rains and ensuing flash flooding caused a north central Illinois bridge to partially collapse with a truck on it, authorities said.

Some good Samaritans pulled the truck driver from the vehicle to safety, police said in the village of Seneca, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) miles southwest of Chicago.

“Driver was very lucky that his vehicle didn’t go into the creek,” Seneca police Officer Kelsey Kowalski said. “He was uninjured; he seemed fine, a little shook up.”

Three to 6 inches (7.6 to 15.2 centimeters) of rain fell in the Seneca area Monday night, the National Weather Service said.

“That was the hardest-hit area, for sure. There were reports of 6 to 12 inches of standing water in spots,” NWS meteorologist Ricky Castro said.

Many residents rushed to to a nearby Ace Hardware for supplies.

“Yeah, water in basements,” manager Vincent Echeverria said. “I opened up the store this morning and we had a lot of customers purchasing sump pumps, hoses, a lot of shop vacs, squeegees.”

Some residents reported that their basements are also flooded with thick mud.

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