PHOTO: Dog Rescued from Floodwater by Austin Firefighters Matt Harvey and Michael Cooper

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The Austin Fire Department (Texas) was busy with rescues this week in a major storm that dropped up to 15 inches of rain over parts of central Texas. Emergency crews had responded to 81 flood-related incidents in Travis County, which surrounds Austin. Emergency operations included 32 water rescues and 46 flood assistance and barricade calls, according to Austin fire officials.

The storm extended from Texas through the Midwest and Illinois to Canada Thursday.

Austin Fire Department Facebook: We don’t just rescue two-legged victims…we love our four-legged friends as well. Two of AFD’s finest–Firefighter Matt Harvey and Firefighter Michael Cooper, both from B shift–show just what that means. (Photo credit: Preston Culver, Austin Fire Department) — at William Cannon and Pleasant Valley.

A woman in labor was also stranded in water and rescued by boat about 2:00 a.m. Thursday.

The same major storm system brought rain to Halloween in the Chicago area with the heaviest rain in Chicago’s south suburbs and Central Illinois.

STORM PREDICTION HAIL OUTLOOK from Thursday, October 31, 2013.

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