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Photo: A trailer at Money Creek Haven Campground near Houston, Minn., sits atop a pickup truck Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 from flooding Money Creek following severe storms that deluged parts of the Midwest with as much as a foot of rain, killing six in southeastern Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

RUSHFORD, Minn. - Across southeastern Minnesota, surreal sights greeted the weary residents who returned to water-logged homes hoping to retrieve pets or medicine.

Orange Xs marked buildings that had been searched for survivors. Canoes lay in the streets. At a campground in Houston County, picnic tables hung from trees.

Storms in the Midwest and the Plains over the weekend flooded streams and roads, caused a sewage treatment systems to overflow in Iowa and left one town temporarily cut off in Missouri. At least 20 people died in three states, six of them in Minnesota.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Erin swamped buildings in Oklahoma, leaving six dead there. In Texas, eight deaths were blamed on the storm, and authorities were scrambling to recover before Hurricane Dean's heavy rain slaps the state.

More storms on Monday brought wind gusts of up to 82 mph and golf-ball sized hail to Nebraska. Trees and power lines were down and substantial street flooding was reported in Fremont and Omaha. Thousands of people were without power.


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