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Flooding closes Anchorage streets, forces apartment building evacuation Saturday night


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Flash flooding has shut down Anchorage streets, stranded cars and forced the evacuation of an apartment building.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://bit.ly/1GQSYPL ) that the Anchorage Fire Department evacuated about 30 people from the apartment Saturday night after the lower level flooded. The residents were taken to an evacuation shelter set up by the Red Cross.

Local Red Cross spokeswoman Beth Bennett says the residents weren't given much time to leave the building.

Police closed two downtown intersections around 10 p.m. after reports of vehicles getting stuck in the water.

One street had turned into a canal of water up to 2 feet deep for a coup le block. It was blocked off by highway crews.

The National Weather Service issued a flooding advisory and said rain was expected to continue into Sunday.

Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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