Thursday, August 23, 2007
Citizen journalists focus lenses on Ohio flooding
Flooding in downtown Findlay, OhioInundated by water, citizen journalists came out to tell the story of how flooding has devastated Findlay, Ohio. CNN received dozens of I-Report photos and video capturing the scene in the town, which has a population of about 40,000 people.

(View I-Reporters' video and photos capturing the scene of the flooding)

I-Reporter Scott Courtad of Arlington, Ohio, took photos of water filling Findlay's downtown area on Wednesday. Boats cruised down thoroughfares supposed to be used by cars. He also photographed houses sitting in several feet of floodwater and said a shelter had been set up inside an area ice rink.

Another I-Reporter who was there is Ryan Stillings, who sent excellent photos of a fan boat rescuing citizens from their flooded homes in boats. Fanboat in FindlayStillings said his home was not damaged, but most of the other homes were. The flooding scenes he captured were right in his neighborhood.

Other I-Reporters weren't able to escape the flooding. Adam Craig said he had a few feet of water in his basement bedroom, while Tonia Borowski said she had a few inches in her basement coming in from a couple places. Both Craig and Borowski said although they were trying to pump out the water, there was damage to their basements and they had appliances such as water heaters that would have to be replaced when the water was taken out. Borowski said it was difficult to stop the floodwater from coming in.

"Like the little boy who sticks his finger in the dam, I feel like I should try to stop it," Borowski said.

What's your view of the flooding? Comment below or send us photos and video of the aftermath.
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