Coast Guard rescues more than 130 from W. Washington flood

The Associate Press reports that the Coast Guard has hoisted more than 130 people to safety from Western Washington floodwaters.

According to a Coast Guard spokesman in Seattle, 66 were picked up last night and 65 this morning, and rescue operations are continuing. Some people are being plucked from rooftops, similar to Hurricane Katrina. The crews have also rescued five dogs and a cat.

The rescued people have been taken to an emergency center set up at a soccer field in Chehalis.

Ten helicopters are involved in the rescues.  They are from Port Angeles, Washington –  Astoria and North Bend, Oregon, and San Francisco and San Diego, California.

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