Couple rescued by helicopter from flood

Water rushing over the Thomson Reservoir created flooding that prevented residents from leaving their homes in Thomson, Minn., southwest of Duluth. KARE 11 has dramatic video of a husband and wife being rescued by helicopter.
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Alan and Linda Johnson were plucked from their flood-swollen property, which had become an island amid raging floodwater. KARE 11 shot the rescue:

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