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7/05/2007

Oil spill adds to US flood misery

USA
July 03, 2007

A major oil spill has added to a flooding crisis across Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas as evacuees wait for water to recede from their homes.
Some 42,000 gallons (160,000 litres) of crude oil have escaped from a refinery in Coffeyville, south-central Kansas, into the swollen Verdigris River.
Officials are now trying to prevent the slick floating downriver toward Oologah Lake, in Oklahoma.
Severe storms in the region have been blamed for 11 deaths in Texas alone.
President George W Bush has declared a major disaster in Kansas and ordered federal aid for recovery efforts.
Although the state was spared further rainfall on Monday, the poor weather showed no sign of abating over neighbouring Texas and eastern Oklahoma.
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