Roof Rescues from Deadly Flooding in the Heartland

Rescue workers trying to keep their heads above water while trying desperately to save lives.
1:53 | 08/08/13

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of this country are in the middle of a kind of monsoon. More rain in one week than they usually get all summer long and all day we have been seeing families scramble to safety, crawling on roof tops where they're waiting for rescuers. Abc's alex perez starts us off with the story of firefighters and a baby girl tenderly carried to dry land. Reporter: It was a dramatic scene that had two tennessee parents in a panic. Little lauren marlin, just five weeks old, rescued from her family's attic by firefighters, her father in shock. Next thing you know we are in the attic trying to get the babies upstairs . It's hard. It's scary. You don't know what the water is going to do. Reporter: Firefighters wading though that chest-high water, clutching onto baby lauren's car seat to get her to safety. It was emotional. You see your baby and she's a new born and what are you going to do to get us out. Reporter: Across the area swollen creeks forcing some to the safety of their roofs and leaving cars floating on streets. Rescue teams fanned out fighting the fast moving waters to get people out, not just tennessee, from arkansas to missouri, the heavy rain is hammering the heartland. Over six inches of rain in madison, tennessee this morning, double what they see in a month. In wallace, kansas, the past 24 hours, 8 inches and the worst, rich land, missouri, 17 inches this week, enough for an entire summer. And, diane, tonight here in the nashville area there is still water rushing through these swal own creeks. At one point the water rose so high it carried debris and garbage all the way up to that bridge.

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