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Flooded-Out Texans Urged to Leave Again

Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares to take aerial photos aboard a Black Hawk helicopter during a flood damage assessment tour near Marble Falls, Texas, Friday, June 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez, Pool)

Midwest, USA

July 01, 2007

Some Flooded-Out Texans Urged to Evacuate Again After Returning Home; Deaths Stand at 11

WEATHERFORD, Texas Jul 1, 2007 (AP)
Some flooded-out Texans are being urged to evacuate again. Returning residents who had evacuated their homes this week kept watch Saturday night on the Brazos River, which officials expected to swell again today after opening another flood gate at a nearby lake. The river was expected to crest around 26 feet, a foot above flood stage. Storms on the southern Plains have claimed 11 lives in Texas starting last week. Forecasters expected rain to continue dumping on already sopped parts of North Texas up through Missouri as part of a lingering storm system. About 100 people near Marble Falls in central Texas remained stranded for a fourth day. Flood and water damage made roads impassable.
On Saturday, there were reports of tornadoes touching down in southwest Missouri. No injuries were reported and officials were awaiting damage reports. The rain-swollen rivers in western Missouri were expected to continue to rise into next week.
In southeastern Kansas, three days of rain led to voluntary evacuations in Iola. "Various sections in the south of town are under water, and the water is climbing. We have had over 15 inches of rain the last three days. ...All the creeks are flooding." The heaviest rainfall in the state was reported in Anderson County, where 18 to 20 inches has fallen over a 60-hour period.
Highways across wide areas of Oklahoma remained closed Saturday because of flood damage to roads and bridges. In Oklahoma City, rainfall was recorded for the 18th straight day Saturday, FOUR DAYS LONGER THAN THE PREVIOUS RECORD, set in 1937. More heavy rain was expected in Oklahoma late today and early Monday as the storm system moved back across the state.


TEXAS - The flooding in Wichita Falls has taken a turn for the worse, with RECORD-BREAKING RIVER LEVELS and more evacuations as water spilled into parts of the city.

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