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Storms cause flash flooding

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Flash flooding in Burlington Wednesday night turned city streets into a kayaker's playground.

"The drains in the city were all plugged with debris," says Lt. Pat Murphy with the Burlington Fire Dept.

But there was no fun for Karen Ritchie.

"Everything is soaked," she says.

Mother Nature dumped two feet of water into her ground floor apartment.

"I looked out and water was pouring through the front door, and the whole walkway was flooded and you couldn't open the front door," she says. "We were stuck in there until the neighbors shoveled us out."

"Electrical is the big danger for us, seeping through electrical wires, outlets, things like that," says Lt. Murphy.

Across the street, folks with pitchforks tried to clear a drain in this parking lot-turned-pond.

"You can see it already looks like a swampland in there," says Lt. Murphy.

The wild weather wreaked havoc elsewhere in our region.

The family of a 56-year-old East Hubberton man says lightning ricocheted off his satellite dish and hit him in the arm.

"I am glad he is OK. I am really glad. I was crying because I was so scared. I have never had anything like that happen to me before -- I was freaking out," says Emily Lavalley, his niece.

Back in Burlington the view of Riverside Avenue from the River Watch Apartments looked more like just a river.

"It's pretty crazy," says Kari Hodgens with Bluebird BBQ.

Neighboring businesses spent evening making the best of the wet situation.

"Well this is Riverside, so our guests are now enjoying nice riverfront real estate as they eat their meals," Hodgens says.

Drivers who use Battery Street and Manhattan Drive in Burlington can expect to see public works crews tying up a few lanes Thursday morning to work on storm-related repairs.

The niece of that East Hubberton man tells us he is in stable condition and is doing OK.

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