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7/09/2007

New flooding brings misery to East Texas

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Photo: Rarely seen flood waters are shown racing from the spillway of Lake Palestine into the Piney Woods near Bullard, Texas, on Sunday July 8, 2007. The U.S. Geological Survey web site was reporting that following the prolonged rains that Lake Palestine was more then 4 feet over the spillway. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)
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Texas, USA
DALLAS - A new round of flooding swept through portions of Texas, leading officials in one county to declare a fresh disaster area in the hard-hit Plains.
Smith County officials made a disaster declaration Sunday night, asking for state and federal aid. They say flooding has caused about $200,000 worth of damage to their eastern Texas county and the figure could increase as water recedes.
"We have really got some major flooding," Hico Mayor Lavern Tooley said Sunday evening. "It just did not let up."
Rivers in Kansas and Oklahoma have been receding from record flood crests, revealing millions of dollars in damage to thousands of homes and businesses, in addition to the 1,000 or so damaged in Texas.
At least 17 deaths, most in Texas, have been blamed on storms and flooding that have plagued the Southern Plains since early June.
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