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Floods, mudslides cause havoc across nation

Posted at 6:11 AM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 06:11:17-05

(CNN) - Parts of the country are getting pounded with severe weather.

Heavy rains have ravaged some central and southern states over the past few days.

Residents on the West Coast are preparing for more problems.

Severe storms produced devastating floods in areas like Louisville, KY.

Residents like Andrew Masterson check on their businesses the only way they can - by boat.

"We're in the center of Harrods Creek right now, and it is, I guess it's about 15 feet high, where it normally is," he said.

States of emergency have been declared in parts of Indiana, Missouri and Ohio, and flash flood warnings are in effect for numerous states through Thursday, including Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

In Kalamazoo, MI, flooding caused major damage.

"This is my bathroom or what's left of it. Oh my God. Oh my God," flood victim Jeanne Kendall said. "This was a brand-new refrigerator. Look the water, look ... was brand new."

At least three flood-related deaths have been reported thus far.

Meanwhile in southern California, people have a different kind of meteorological concern - mudslides.

There's a new evacuation warning for people in areas still recovering from January's mudslides that killed 21 people and destroyed more than 100 houses.

"If you're going to stay, you're going to be isolated upwards of two to three weeks, and you have to be able to do that because we're working through the disaster itself, and we may or may not be able to respond, " said Commander Kelly Moore of Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Dept.

According to weather experts, some cities, including Pittsburgh and South Bend, IN, just experienced their wettest Februaries on record.

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