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Hundreds evacuate as Plains rivers bulge

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Midwest USA
Photo: Joe Clark, right, and Eddie Chadwick help friends by paddling valuables out of a flooded neighborhood in Osawatomie, Kan., Sunday, July 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. - Rivers swollen to record levels by days of heavy rain continued inching higher in parts of the southern Plains on Monday, keeping people from returning to ruined 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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