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7/03/2007

Evacuations Continue in Plains Flooding

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Photo: Flood waters crosses a road near Coffeyville, Kan., Monday, July 2, 2007. Kansas got a break from the weather Monday, but more rain was scattered over Texas and eastern Oklahoma, the latest in nearly two weeks of storms. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner,pool)

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. (AP) - Rivers swollen to record levels by days of heavy rain inched higher in parts of the southern Plains on Monday, keeping thousands of people from returning to water-logged homes. Crude oil spilling from a refinery into one flooding river in Kansas contributed to the mess and flowed toward Oklahoma, where high water had chased thousands of people from their homes.
The Kansas National Guard was sent to help with a mandatory evacuation of Osawatomie, a small town in eastern Kansas and one of the hardest-hit communities in the region. The town evacuated 40 percent of its 4,600 residents after two rivers - Pottawatomie Creek on the town's south flank and the Marais des Cygnes on the north - rose out of their banks.

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