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.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Dean dishes out surprises for travelers
Ace JackelopeHurricane Dean's destructive path made two I-Reporters' travels a lot more interesting than they otherwise would have been. They sent in photos and video of their experiences with the storm, like many other readers. (See the storm through I-Reporters' camera lenses)

Nicole Leffler got an unexpected extension of her a honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. She was supposed to leave the resort where she was staying on Sunday, August 19, but had to stay until the storm subsided. That day, she captured photos of the resort being boarded up to protect it from the force of Dean. A group area was set up to entertain guests, she said. The Orlando, Florida, resident said she's used to hurricanes, but it's different when you're not on your home turf. She's not the only I-Reporter whose travel plans were affected by Hurricane Dean.

Ace JackelopeHarry Greenstreet of Dixon, California, got a memorable trip of his own in Cozumel, Mexico. He was in Mexico for a scuba diving challenge when Dean was approaching. At his hotel, he saw dolphins being transferred to the pool from Dolphin Discovery Cozumel, a facility where people can see marine life including dolphins. Greenstreet said the dolphin park is right on the water, so the trainers put them in the hotel pool to keep them safe during the hurricane. He saw about 20 dolphins total in the pool and said hotel guests' cameras were out to capture the spectacle.

"The trainers took excellent care and stayed with the dolphins during the storm," Greenstreet said.

How has Hurricane Dean affected you? Comment below or send us your I-Report.
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