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Man dies in Northern California floodwaters

Authorities in Northern California say a man drowned in floodwaters trying to get to his home, where three children were trapped.

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 11:07 AM
Updated: Feb 28, 2019 5:09 PM

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on flooding in California after days of heavy rain (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

Authorities in Northern California say a man drowned in floodwaters trying to get to his home, where three children were trapped.

The Humboldt Sheriff's Office says in a statement Thursday that deputies were sent Wednesday night to the house in Ferndale, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) north of two California towns cut off by water from a river that broke its banks.

The statement says the man was walking to his home from a barn through up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water when he was carried away by the fast-moving current.

Authorities found his body Thursday. His name has not been made public.

The office says three people tried to reach the man by driving a tractor through the floodwaters but the tractor stalled and they couldn't get to him in time.

It says deputies in a boat rescued the three people from the tractor and the children from the home.

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