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Update:Deadly floods wreak havoc in the Midwest

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Minnesota, Oklahoma, USA
Aug. 19, 2007: Four people are dead in Winona County, Minn., after severe flooding swept through the area.

WINONA, Minn. — Severe storms deluged parts of the Midwest during the night with as much as a foot of rain, causing flooding that washed away bridges and roads and killed at least four people, authorities said today.

A part of Winona and smaller towns in the area of southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin were evacuated, officials reported.

National Guard Capt. Paul Rickert said 88 soldiers and two helicopters were sent to Winona to help with security. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited the area today and declared a state of emergency in six counties.

Across the Mississippi in Wisconsin, up to 12 inches of rain triggered a mudslide that pushed a house onto a state highway in Vernon County, said Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter. No injuries were reported.

Also, remnants of Tropical Storm Erin inundated Oklahoma today, flooding homes and roads and blacking out thousands of customers, mostly in the Oklahoma City area.

Nearly 25,000 customers of Oklahoma Gas and Electric still had no power by midday today because of that state's storm, the utility reported.


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