Raging St. John River spills its
banks, forcing hundreds of evacuations
May 1, 2008
FORT KENT, Maine — The raging St. John River spilled its banks, flooding more
than 100 homes as emergency management officials feared the region could face
its worst flooding in modern history Thursday.
About 600 people were evacuated in the Fort Kent area, and the downtown became
a ghost town. Blue lights flashed at most intersections as police, sheriff's
deputies and the Border Patrol blocked off water-covered streets.
There were no reports of injuries.
At least 3 inches of rain combined with melting snow to raise the St. John to
a record-setting 30 feet — about 5 feet above flood stage — causing water to
begin rising on Main Street.
Officials were waiting overnight to see if the waters would spill over a levee
that protects the downtown. The previous record crest of 27.3 feet was set in
"We have our fingers crossed that the river is going to hold steady at 30
feet. It's dangerously close to the top of the levee, but we hope that it
doesn't get any higher," said Bruce Fitzgerald, spokesman for the Maine
Emergency Management Agency.
Scientists described the flooding for the community of 4,200 people in Fort
Kent as "greater than a 100-year event," said Lynette Miller, another agency
Across the river in Canada, warnings were being issued to residents in
low-lying areas around Fredericton, New Brunswick, about 200 miles from Fort
Kent. Up to 1,300 homes were threatened by rising water.
Pauline Branston delivers newspapers in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, on
Wednesday, April 30, 2008. The St. John River is still rising and government
officials are warning that the flooding could be the worst seen in decades.The
St. John had risen so much that the International Bridge between Fort Kent,
Maine,and Clair, New Brunswick, was closed during the night amid fears that
the racing water could drag it down. Fort Kent residents evacuated their homes
and businesses Wednesday as the Canadian border town at the northern tip of
Maine was threatened with its worst flooding in nearly 30 years. (Andrew
Vaughan / AP)
The river, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi, totals
about 410 miles in length, with 210 of those miles in Maine. It starts in
Maine, forms the border with Canada at one section and continues on through
New Brunswick to the ocean.
The International Bridge over the St. John between Fort Kent and Clair, New
Brunswick, was closed amid fears that the raging waters could drag it down.
Maine Gov. John Baldacci, who flew from Augusta to get a firsthand look at the
floodwaters, described the battered bridge as "ready to wash away." He sent a
letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency requesting disaster response
and recovery assistance.
Baldacci said a church where he once attended a spaghetti supper was flooded
along with other buildings and homes in the downtown area.
"Seeing that church and cars floating around in the back of it and seeing
water splash up against the door of the credit union — it's all very hard to
take," he said in a statement.
Evacuations also took place along the St. John River in Van Buren, downstream
from Fort Kent, and in the Penobscot County town of Mattawamkeag, where the
Mattawamkeag and Penobscot rivers were spilling over their banks, according to
the National Weather Service.
A dog looks out in the Maugerville area near Fredericton, N.B. on Thursday,
April 24, 2008, as the St. John River rises to new levels. Several roads are
flooded and dozens of homes have basements filled with water. (Andrew Vaughan
Officials have been watching the St. John since last week, when rising waters
caused concern on the Canadian side. Those waters had been receding until a
deluge of at least 3 inches of rain began Tuesday, said Joseph Hewitt of the
National Weather Service in Caribou.
There was still a half-foot of snow on the ground following a winter that
dumped around 200 inches of snow in the region, and the melting snow
exacerbated the situation.
Classes were canceled and students were moved from the University of Maine at
Fort Kent to pave the way for a shelter, where a handful of people took up
residence Wednesday night.
The Maine Warden Service and the Washburn fire and police departments directed
more evacuations downstream from two dams in danger of breaching.
southwest of Wellfleet,
was washed out by the flooding that
took place following the record-setting
rainfall over the past three days in
southern Lincoln County
and in Hayes County
NORTH PLATTE - While officials begin to sort out the damage caused to Lincoln
County roads in the wake of torrential rains, people are beginning the arduous
task of mopping up.
A slow moving storm dumped up to 10 inches of rain in parts of southern Lincoln
County Monday and Tuesday.
“There wasn’t anywhere for the water to go,” said Freda Nutt of Dickens. “It was
coming at us from three different directions.”
Wednesday afternoon, Freda and her husband Wayne were
assessing the damage at their home, while a pump labored to
drain water out of their basement.
“It’s a terrible mess,” Freda said. “Our dog liked to take
stuffed animals toys down to the basement, and they were
floating all over the place.”
Dwight Englert, Lincoln County Superintendent of Roads said
the department doesn’t have enough flags and barricades to
mark washed out roads.
“Emergency management sent out an announcement asking people
to limit travel in the southern half of the county,” Englert
“Once the rain stops, it doesn’t mean we can run out and fix
everything,” Englert said. “Our focus is working to make
roads passable or barricading them off so people don’t get
themselves into trouble. We will have to let things dry out
a little before we can do much of anything.”
The National Weather Service in North Platte reports that
Wellfleet in southern Lincoln County received a total of
7.42 inches of rain between Sunday and Wednesday morning.
Hayes Center, south of Wellfleet, received 5.01 inches at
the NWS observation site one mile northeast of town.
In North Platte, a total of 3.89 inches of rain fell between
Sunday and Tuesday, with a one-day record 2.95 inches
falling on Tuesday.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Freda Nutt said.
“Three steps into my basement is water. We’ve lived here 30
years, and nothing like this has ever happened.”
The Nutts are staying at a motel in Wallace during clean up
efforts, and until power can be safely restored to their
“The water has receded from our garage,” Freda said. “But
there is mud everywhere. Insurance won’t pay for anything
because we don’t have flood insurance.”
Flood warnings remained in effect in Frontier County, south
of North Platte, Wednesday afternoon. The Medicine Creek was
nearly two feet above flood stage early Wednesday morning,
with floodwaters moving south to Stockville and Harry Strunk
Thunderstorms may move back into the area this afternoon and
evening, remaining in the area until Friday.
Ark City river remains above flood stage
By NewsCow staff
May 29, 2007 - 6:33:34 am
A flood warning remained in effect for the Arkansas River at
Arkansas City, according to the National Weather Service.
Late Monday, the river’s stage was 19.5 feet. Flood stage is 17
feet. Minor flooding is occurring and more minor flooding is
forecast. Agricultural lands are especially prone to the flood.
The weather service was reporting some minor flooding in Ark
City, especially on the south bank of the river.
Lightning, flood wreak havoc in Hills area
By Justin Wolfgang, Journal staff
RAPID CITY – Hail, heavy rains and lightning broke windows, caused
local flooding and started a house fire in western South Dakota
Casey Warren, assistant fire chief with the Johnson Siding/Cleghorn
Volunteer Fire Department, said a home in Hisega suffered up to
$50,000 in damage from a lightning strike around 10 p.m.
Fire departments from Rapid City, Rapid Valley, Rockerville, Black
Hawk and Doty assisted on the fire, which was extinguished by
Warren said the fire could have been much worse had the departments
not arrived on the scene earlier.
“It had the potential to be a really bad fire,” he said.
The owner was home at the time of the fire, but no one was injured
in the blaze at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and S.D. Highway 44 in
In Union Center, hail measured as large as two inches in diameter
broke windows and destroyed alfalfa crops. Travis Enright, who lives
five miles southeast of Union Center, said he could tell the
oncoming storm was going to pack a punch.
“It got dead calm and then the sky turned a green color,” he said.
“Then the clouds started circling and it got cold and then it
sounded like a roar.”
Enright had two windows broken in his home and had golf ball-sized
hail with 40 mile per hour winds.
Gary Cammack said pea-sized hail accumulated in a drift eight inches
deep on his back porch in Union Center.
In Lawrence County, Emergency Services Director Paul Thomsen said he
had reports from all over the county of hail, lightning strikes and
even a minor rock slide in Central City.
“Everything was minor to a certain extent, but it kept us busy
cleaning things up.”
Thomsen added there were numerous reports of car damage from hail in
Spearfish Canyon and a reported fire from a lightning strike at an
apartment building in Spearfish that turned out to be unfounded.
In Whitewood, Thomsen said the fire department reported receiving
four inches of rain from the storm and there was some minor basement
Mason Short, executive director for the Rapid City Regional Airport,
said one flight was delayed Monday night because of the storm.
The United Airlines flight from Denver was scheduled to arrive at 8
p.m., but did not land until 10:40 p.m., only minutes before the
next United flight from Denver arrived slightly behind schedule at
In Custer County on Monday night, Emergency Services director Mike
Carter said there was little damage besides a few small lightning
“I think we also had a couple of lost hikers during the storm,” he
said. “The circumstances during a storm always make that more of a
The National Weather Service reported .9 inch of rain on Monday in
Rapid City, .73 inch in Custer and .77 inch in Faith.
In other areas, hail of one inch in diameter was reported from
regions across western South Dakota and a tornado touched down north
of Wright, Wyo. for two miles, but caused no damage. Winds in excess
of 70 mph were reported near Newcastle, Wyo.
FLOOD DAMAGES WORTH 500 000 LEVA IN BULGARIA’S
13:38 Tue 29 May 2007
Heavy downpours caused damages
worth more than 500 000 leva in Bulgaria’s Gabrovo
Gabrovo mayor Bogomil Belchev said that a
bridge close to Kmetovtsi village suffered the
most severe damage. Renovation works are carried
out using municipal funding.
The bridge is of importance since it provides
transport link to 12 villages in the region. By
the time renovation works finish, however, part of
it could be totally destroyed.
Belchev said that several landslides followed
the downpours, also damaging bridges and roads.
The capital of Sofia is also recovering from
the floods. Representatives of Sofia’s tap water
provider said that the downpours did not affect
the quality of water supply.
Water reaching homes in Sofia
meets all safety and quality requirements,
inspectors said. Monitoring is carried out every
May 27, 2007
The Turkish government confirmed on Monday that the flood disaster in the
country's east on Sunday killed eight people.
The Turkish Prime Ministry Emergency Management made the confirmation
in a statement, saying that search-and-rescue teams recovered bodies of
eight people, while the two persons who were earlier reported missing were
Flood waters was triggered by torrential rains in the villages of
Ugurtas, Kacmaz, Karlica Demirkapi, Seyithanbey, Danakiran, Karayseyitali
in Habur town of Agri province on Sunday evening.
Earlier on Monday,
Turkey's semi-official Anatolia news agency reported that seven
persons were killed and three others went missing in the flood disaster.
Meanwhile, the Prime Ministry Emergency Management issued another
statement saying that the Red Crescent had sent 1000 blankets, 138 tents,
potable water and a mobile kitchen to the disaster zone.
Flood waters heavily damaged more than 150 houses and some of those
were totally demolished, added the statement.
The flood takes an innocent
Fourteen people have died due to floods throughout the country. Filiz Alp,
at age 28, while trying to rescue her two kids from the flood drowned and
died. The dead bodies of her son Ahmet at age seven and her other son
Mahsun were taken from the morgue and were buried.
The flood hitting Eastern Anatolia becomes a
gravesite for seven children
The death toll as a result of the flood disaster, in especially Eastern and
South Eastern Anatolia, has reached a total of 14 people, seven of whom are
children. The day before yesterday, nine people had died due to lightening
striking in Ağrı, Van, Şanlıurfa and Elazığ.
The bodies of three people, who had gone lost in the Hamur county of Ağrı
have been found. Filiz Alp, at age 28, while trying to rescue her two kids
from the flood, drowned and died. The dead bodies of her son Ahmet, seven
years of age, and her other son Mahsun were taken from the morgue and were
FAMILIES braving the wet weather for a walk around Coate Water were
faced with a horrible surprise.
The torrential downpours over the weekend had caused a sewer near
the park's underpass to flood, spilling water and raw sewage out over
The problem was so bad that one of the underpass passages was
filled with water 5ft deep, making it impossible to pass.
A trail of used toilet paper and other sewage from the drain was
also left over the paths.
Karen Matthews, who was taking her three-year-old son Ryan to the
country park, said it was foul.
"It is absolutely disgusting, the stench is overpowering," said the
33-year-old, of Park South.
"I was going to take Matthew to splash in the puddles by the
lake. I've seen other people crossing the roundabout but
that is too dangerous, especially with a toddler.
panicked when I realised what it was as we had already
walked through some of the sludge.
"I'm going to chuck away his wellies as soon as we get
back - anything could be in that water."
Teenager Ben Roberts had been planning on using the
underpass to get across the roundabout to visit friends in
"I nearly cycled straight into it, I was chatting on my
phone and nearly didn't see it," said the 18-year-old, of
"I can't believe how much water is there. It is almost up
to the ceiling.
"There is also a load of muddy stuff over the ground
mixed up with loo roll and I think that is sewage. It is
totally minging and I can't believe nobody has done anything
Rachel Morris, of Old Town, said she had seen children
riding their bikes through one of the less flooded passages.
"I was walking past with my dog and spotted a group of
teenagers riding back and forth through one of the alleys
that only has a foot or so of water in it," said the admin
"I shouted at them to stop. There could be any number of
diseases in that water which was splashing over them, but
they ignored me.
"I can't believe how bad it is. I walked along here on
Sunday morning and it was fine.
"There must be a blockage somewhere. I wish they would
hurry up and find it because the smell is really bad."
A spokeswoman for Thames Water said they were aware of
the problem and expected a crew to attend.
It is thought that a blockage caused the problem,
although the company would not know until the workmen had
looked at the sewer.
"The extreme amount of rainfall we had over the weekend
meant we had more sewer flooding than we would normally
expect," she said.
"The crew will be able to ascertain what the problem is."
3:38pm Monday 28th May 2007
Weekend Campers Stranded As Flash Flood Hits Oklahoma
May 28, 2007 7:51 a.m. EST
William Macklin - AHN Staff Reporter
Oklahoma City, OK (AHN) - Hundreds of campers who turned out for a
Memorial Day weekend getaway at a popular park were stranded when heavy
rains caused flooding in parts of central Oklahoma.
Surging waters trapped some 1,500 campers at Turner Falls Park near
Davis, according to the Associated Press and the NewsOK.com . The park
was closed as nearby Honey Creek crested its banks causing flash
flooding that forced officials to close the only road leading into the
campgrounds, said park manager Tom Graham.
The flooding took campers and park officials by surprise with many at
the park fleeing over footbridges, according to Graham. The park road
was expected to remain closed through Monday morning.
"One minute it was OK, and 20 minutes later a wave came through and
caused us to shut it down," Graham said. "We started warning people
yesterday evening that if they stayed, they may get flooded in."
The Red Cross was able to deliver food and supplies to campers stuck
at the park. Officials opened a park building as a refuge center. No
injuries were reported.
The heavy rains were the result of a storm system that swept the
Plains over the weekend. In Texas, at least five people were killed in
flash flooding. Two others are missing and presumed dead. Parts of north
Texas remained under a flash flood warning Monday morning.
5-27-07 - The Hutchinson Zoo sits empty this Memorial Day weekend
because of recent flood waters. Half of the zoo is still underwater
and staff is keeping a close eye on all the animals.
The zoo closed Thursday after heavy rains Wednesday night flooded
a nearby pond.
Zoo director Charlotte Poepperling says the loss of visitors won't
hurt the zoo's pocketbook because it doesn't charge admission. But
damage for repairs will be in the thousands.
The zoo features about 160 animals native to the region. A
rehabilitation facility houses another 10 to 30 animals, depending
on the time of year.
The floods forced the evacuation of about 25 animals from the
zoo. As of Sunday, those animals are still being housed at another
The ones still at the flooded zoo are hard to reach. Zoo staff is
using boats to get to bison that are congregating in a high spot in
their enclosure. Poepperling hopes the zoo will reopen in a couple
Storms, flooding leave 23 dead across Europe
Turkey, Greece, France, Bosnia and Germany see tragic results
Updated: 5:51 a.m. PT May 29, 2007
Turkey - Heavy storms, landslides, flash floods and lightning
have killed at least 23 people across Europe, officials said on
died in eastern Turkey, including six killed in severe flooding
in mountainous Agri province near the Iranian border, where
river waters were swollen by melting snows. Two more people were
In nearby Van
province, a two-year-old child died when landslides triggered by
heavy rain demolished a house. Two other girls also died and
another person was injured after being struck by lightning.
died in Greece while trying to cross a river in the south. They
were in a group of 18 people swept away by a flood wave in the
rain-swollen Lousios river. Prosecutors charged the hike's
organisers with involuntary manslaughter.
two divers and a yachtsman drowned on Sunday off the western
coast of Brittany in extreme weather.
fell into the sea from his boat in heavy seas. The two divers
were part of a group of six who were caught up in strong waves.
The others made it safely to shore.
Bosnia, two 11-year-old children, a boy and a girl, died after
being struck by lightning on Saturday, local media reported.
three construction workers building a windmill in the eastern
state of Brandenburg were killed on Sunday when lightning hit a
tractor they were sheltering under, police said.
In Russia, by
contrast, meteorologists said Monday was the hottest May day in
Moscow since records began, with temperatures hitting 91 degrees
electricity system shifted into emergency mode to cope with
demand, largely from people using air conditioners.
weather — including drought, heavy storms, flooding and flash
frost — have caused havoc across Europe this spring.
the human toll, it has also destroyed crops and damaged
infrastructure in France, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey and
Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
05/26/07 - Fredricksburg, TX
Search Continues for Man Washed Away by Flood Water
Searchers were using helicopters and
cadaver dogs to look for a Central
Texas man who remained missing today
after his vehicle was swept away by
rising waters. Twenty-two-year-old
Edgar Garcia was swept away in his
sport utility vehicle on Thursday
during a storm that dumped 5 to 10
inches of rain in parts of Central
Texas. Garcia had driven around a
barricade near Fredricksburg and his
SUV got stuck.
Five people have died in storms over
Central Texas, much of which was
under a flash flood warning today.
Roadways were washed out and some
intersections were still closed
after two days of rain pounded the
area. Governor Rick Perry activated
National Guard troops to be deployed
in Waco, Austin and San Antonio for
the holiday weekend.
Copyright 2007 The Associated
Press. All rights reserved
Killeen, Texas- The violent storms that have hit
Texas over the past 2 days have claimed 5 lives,
left one still missing and countless homes and
businesses destroyed. Of the many affected by this
storm and its resulting fatalities was a mother and
her children. When their vehicle was washed away by
the storm, she escaped with two of her children; the
other two could not be saved.
In a report by KDH news, "Carroll Smith, the
public information coordinator for the Killeen
Police Department, said authorities were called
after a report of an overturned vehicle on Watercrest
Drive between 8 and 9 p.m. Thursday." The
unexpected flood waters left many people across the
country stranded in similar situations, many roads
washed away and tons of property damage. Cleanup after
this disaster is expected to take quite some time.
The woman and her four children were driving during
the storms Thursday evening when the flash floods
began and the SUV was swept away by the current and
into a gully. Rescuers saved the woman and two of her
children, a three year old daughter and a seven year
old son from the flooding vehicle. Once rescuer took
them to safety by canoe but they were unable to get
the last two children from the vehicle.
Reports by local news stations and the Killen Daily
Herald say the rescuer, a man who lived nearby, heard
their screams and paddled his canoe out to rescue them
but before they could get the last two boys out, the
SUV was swept away by the raging waters. People who
live in the area reported that they had never seen
flood waters so high and the vehicle remained under
the water when the bodies of the boys were recovered.
The water's surface at that area is estimated to be
about 300-400 yards wide and was too far for rescue
teams to even hook a cable to.
The Morgan's Point Water Recovery Team began a search
effort for the SUV with the trapped children inside
but it was not found until 8:32 Friday morning. The
SUV was found with the deceased boys inside, 18 feet
below the surface of the water across Watercrest
Drive. 5-year-old Jarvis Tarrance, and 6-year-old
Javiante Tarrance were two of five total deaths as a
result of this storm.
This April 2007 photo shows the highway covered by the water in Navarra,
northern Spain, after the floods produced by the river Ebro. The Spanish
government on Friday said it had agreed a process to calculate the extent of
severe flood damage and get emergency aid to the areas worst affected after
several days of heavy rain in much of the country
The Spanish government on Friday said it had agreed a process to calculate
the extent of severe flood damage and get emergency aid to the areas worst
affected after several days of heavy rain in much of the country.
Six regions in south, central -- including
Madrid -- and southeast Spain were badly hit and the cabinet approved an
immediate evaluation of the damage and formulated measures to provide financial
However, First Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said it
was too early to put a figure on such aid.
Spain's agricultural sector has borne the brunt of the damage with flooding
swamping 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of vineyards in the central region of
On Friday, agricultural unions estimated some 500,000 hectares (1.3 million
acres) of crops had been affected.
The rain also caused travel misery for thousands of commuters Wednesday and
Thursday with mainline rail services between the capital and the major
southeastern cities of Valencia and Murcia interrupted all day while some roads
On the plus side, the rains fell after three years of intensive drought
affecting much of the country.
Written by Elizabeth Bishop,
Senior Internet News Producer
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- Some areas of Kansas are
under water after torrential rainfall hit parts of
the Plains and Midwest.
The rains toppled trees and power lines and brought
Some towns in central Kansas received as much as
seven inches of rain, with some areas getting up to
two inches an hour.
Everyone in the Saline County towns of Bavaria and
Hedville, about 80 people, evacuated their homes
overnight. And in Ogden, near Fort Riley, about 50
homes are being voluntarily evacuated.
In Hutchinson, many motorists had to be helped from
their cars as water flooded the streets.
And in Nebraska, the Big Nemaha River is expected to
crest three feet over flood stage, prompting the
National Weather Service to issue a flood warning.
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Live power line on car, forces closure of Highway 190
May 24, 2007 5:57pm
Highway 190 was shut down in both directions between Copperas Cove and Killeen Thursday around 5:30 p.m.
Traffic was backed up for about ten mile. Bell County D.P.S. said two adults and two children were stuck in a car with a live power line on top of it on 190 near Bell Tower Drive.
T.X.U. workers were on their way to the scene. Early reports said a woman was injured by glass that broke when the line fell on the car. NBC 6 News will have more at ten.
Mo. River flood leaves damaged levees
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- As floodwater recedes along the Missouri River bottoms, some areas remain at risk because their levees are broken.
"The flood is not over for me if there's still a hole in the levee," said Tom Waters of Orrick, chairman of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association. "More rain could bring more high water."
The dollar damage remains to be calculated, he said, as inspectors from the Army Corps of Engineers wait to see how many levees were affected. Some were eroded by waves or washed down by currents, while others were breached entirely.
"There's a significant amount of damage," Waters said. "As soon as the water is back down, the corps will send their inspectors out, and we'll get going on repairs."
The corps is expected to provide millions of dollars in federal grants to local levee districts.
But others will be left out.
In the Jackson County town of Levasy, for example, a dozen homes were flooded when a levee broke. But because the levee was built to protect farmland and is privately owned and maintained, it is ineligible for the repair grants.
Glen Dieckman, the city's flood plain manager, said property owners would have to pursue aid through other agencies.
Jud Kneuvean, who manages the corps' Levee Rehabilitation and Inspection Program, said several levees in the Kansas City area had serious flood damage.
Most of those districts are eligible for corps grants, which pay 80 percent of repair costs.
The corps' maintenaince and repair program covers levees built and maintained by local levee districts. They must be inspected for proper maintenance and meet certain structural requirements.
The state levee association has reports of a dozen major breaches, Waters said, with numerous others eroded on their tops or sides.
Repairs are costly, he said, because of the heavy equipment required to push dirt into place or haul it to make repairs.
"It will be in the millions of dollars," Waters said.
China predicts further downpours after 71 die
Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:02AM EDT
BEIJING (Reuters) - Torrential rain has killed at least 71 people in floods, house collapses and rockslides across southern China with more heavy rain predicted for much of this week, state media said on Monday.
About 643,000 people were evacuated and some 56,000 houses destroyed and 104,000 damaged, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing an unnamed official at the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
"We've got experience of floods, but I've never known a flood like this," Zhong Shizhan, a resident of Mei county in Guangdong province, was quoted as saying by the Southern Metropolis Daily.
The National Meteorological Centre forecast heavy rain south of the Yangtze, China's longest river, and continued downpours in the south of the country until Thursday.
One official said the rain had stopped in the northeastern Guangdong city of Meizhou where a local government Web site showed pictures of people standing waist deep in brown flood waters and others filling sandbags to keep the waters at bay.
Nearly 9 million people had been affected. Thirteen people were missing and 3.43 billion yuan ($446.8 million) of damage caused.
A total of 350,000 ha, or 1,350 sq miles, of crops had been damaged and 57,600 ha had been destroyed.
From Wednesday to Saturday, continuous rain, mudslides and floods hit the provinces of Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Fujian.
China's typhoon season is just getting under way in the south. Experts last month warned that the Yangtze could flood badly this year for the first time since 1998 when flooding killed more than 3,000 people.
Other parts of the country were reeling from intense heat, with the northeastern province of Jilin seeing temperatures soar above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), Xinhua added.
Jilin's Tonyu county recorded temperatures of 41.6 degrees, the highest in local history, the report said.
June 12 2007
By Anis Ahmed
Dhaka - Floods and mudslides have killed nearly 100 people in Bangladesh, mostly in the port city of Chittagong where dozens of hillside homes were buried after monsoon rains, officials and rescuers said on Monday.
At least 84 people died in the city, including entire families, where hillside homes were swept away and many other houses collapsed in the worst such disaster in decades.
Much of the city of nearly five million people, Bangladesh's commercial capital, was flooded by waist to chest-high water, closing down businesses, offices and transport, city officials and witnesses said.
Rescuers including troops, firefighters, police and volunteers searched for people reported missing, but their efforts were hampered by flooded roads and no electricity after nightfall.
"It looks like we are living in a ghost city," one rescuer said. "Never before in my life I confronted such a calamity," said another.
The dead included five members of one family.
City officials said they were trying to supply dry or cooked food to stranded families, especially children.
President Iajuddin Ahmed and the head of the country's army-backed interim government, Fakruddin Ahmed, expressed deep shock at the loss of life and asked the district administration to do everything possible to ease victims' suffering.
"We are facing a hell of a situation here," one rescuer said by telephone. "It's still heavily raining and visibility has sharply declined. Roads are all under water," one rescuer said.
Weather officials said nearly 275mm of rain fell in Chittagong and neighbouring districts on Monday.
"The disaster caught us unawares, it struck suddenly," said Mokhlesur Rahman, Chittagong Divisional Commissioner.
Thunderstorms killed 15 people elsewhere in the country, including five in western Jhenaidah district alone, local officials told reporters.
Weather officials said heavy rains at the onset of the annual monsoon season have paralysed much of Bangladesh since Sunday, and raised fears of flash floods in low-lying areas.
The weather office said the monsoon, which officially began on Friday and will last until mid-September, was unusually active under the influence of a sea storm in the Bay of Bengal.
"Moderate to very heavy rain... is likely to batter the country for five more days," a weather department bulletin said. "The rain might trigger flash floods in the northern and eastern regions of the country."
Large areas along the Bangladesh coast have been submerged under 0.9-1.2m of water due to a moderate tidal surge triggered by the storm, officials said.
Some railway tracks between Chittagong and the capital Dhaka were also under water, although trains were still running with caution. Flights between Dhaka and Chittagong were suspended, aviation officials said.
Work at the country's main Chittagong port was partially disrupted, port officials said.
Additional reporting by Nizam Ahmed and Nazimuddin Shyamol in Chittagong.
4-Year Old Missing in Texas Flood
Publicado - Published: 20/06/2007
TEXAS.- A four-year-old girl is missing after flash-foods surged through a pair of mobile home parks in suburban Fort Worth, Texas today. Families were forced to their rooftops as the rising waters flooded about 100 mobile homes and washed many from their foundations
Deputy Fire Chief Fred Napp says at least one mobile home burned. He says there have also been reports of gas leaks. Napp says the predawn flood left confusion as neighbors took in children from other families fleeing the flood, making it hard to account for everyone.
Emergency officials say they'll thoroughly search the area for and make sure the mobile home park residents are accounted for.
Firefighters from across the state as well as the Texas National Guard are scouring areas of Texas inch by inch because the mud is so deep. They are searching for families torn apart by the deadly flood.
The water swept a grandmother and her 5-year-old granddaughter to their deaths in the Fort Worth suburb of Haltom City. The girl's 2-year-old sister remains missing after the family's mobile home was carried off.
"We are still searching for the 2-year-old," said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Rebecca Uresti.
The flood killed at least 5 people. Among them -- 4-year-old Alexandria Collins.
"This was the sweetest little angel, and now she's not with us any more,' said Collins' neighbor Dannelle Simms. "They didn't have a whole lot to begin with, and now they have absolutely nothing."
Despite the heartbreaking losses, rescue workers are proud of the fact that they were able to rescue more than a dozen people from rooftops as the water kept rising.
People and animals were rescued using boats and bulldozersand 120 elderly residents in a nursing home had to be evacuated. Some are just overwhelmed with joy that with the help of friends they survived.
"I am so glad my neighbor woke up -- so glad," said flood survivor Lorenza Herandez.
Flooding after heavy rain devastated parts of Sherman, Haltom City and Gainesville.
More than 300 people had to be rescued Monday in Grayson County.
More Rain Coming To Flooded Texas Towns
Driving rain brought a surge to rivers in northern Texas, causing flash flooding, and at least five deaths. And the weather pattern that brought the rain could persist for weeks.
As much as 10 inches of rain fell Monday in some areas, filling reservoirs and lakes to their brim and swelling streams and rivers over their banks.
The flooding is in stark contrast to wide swaths of the country held in the firm grip of a drought that has led to wildfires, crop damage and a variety of headaches for average citizens.
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(CBS 11 NEWS / AP)SHERMAN Sherman suffered its worst flooding in more than 25 years.
At least one person is dead after storms caused flooding in much of Grayson and Cooke Counties.
Patricia Beshears, 48, of Denison, was killed when her sport utility vehicle flooded with water while driving to work, Sherman Police Sgt. Bruce Dawsey said. No other injuries were immediately reported.
Sherman firefighters were among the rescue workers on the scene of a number of high water rescues.
Dump trucks also helped evacuate about 125 residents from a nursing home when authorities had no other vehicles that could plow through the flooded streets.
Near downtown, residents in a flooded row of apartment complexes were told to flee to the second story while they waited the arrival of overwhelmed rescue workers.
Two men were rescued from a tree after they were washed away from their stranded vehicle.
In Grayson County, a 74-year-old man died after driving into high water.
"Literally, we've had some miracles today," Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum said. "We've been very fortunate in spite of what's happened."
Initial reports indicate Grayson County received up to 5.5 inches of rainfall.
Numerous power outages were also reported.June 27, 2007, 3:26PM Heavy rains drench areas of Central Texas - Would you believe 19 inches?
LISA SANDBERG Copyright 2007 Austin Bureau
AUSTIN — Rescue teams in helicopters and land vehicles were searching today for stranded Hill Country residents after some areas of Central Texas were drenched with as much as 19 inches of rain overnight.
In Marble Falls, a city 40 miles northwest of Austin that recorded 18 inches rain in six hours, "The helicopters were busy all night and are still in the air," said Lt. Dwight Harding, of the Burnet County Sheriff''s Department.
"In a lot of areas where the deputies could not get to, they're now checking," he added.
Three shelters were opened in Marble Falls alone.
No injuries or fatalities were reported in connection with the severe rains that washed away roads and left scores of people clinging to trees or stranded in vehicles or on rooftops.
Forty-five emergency rescues were reported in northwest Williamson County between midnight and 4 a.m., and 20 people were evacuated from an RV park there, said Sheriff's Department Detective John Foster.
The South San Gabriel River, normally full at nine feet, crested this morning at 32 feet, Foster said.
More rain was forecast for this evening.
Storm runoff is making its way to Central Texas lakes, causing major flooding in some areas, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Floodgates have been opened at several dams, raising the Colorado River's water level in Austin, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange and Wharton. But officials did not expect the river to exceed flood stage.
The rains drenched North Texas as well, creating flooding along some creeks and rivers and forcing the evacuation of at least 50 homes in a subdivision near Lake Granbury about 60 miles southwest of Dallas. About 30 of those homes are destroyed, said Hood County Sheriff Gene Mayo.
About 25 people were rescued from the water, trees and rooftops in that subdivision about 10 miles south of Granbury, Mayo said. Authorities used boats and jet skis and waded through chest-high water with ropes to rescue stranded residents, he said.
"You name it and we had it last night," Mayo said today.
One deputy who slipped under water during a rescue was treated and released from a hospital, Mayo said. Nearly a dozen residents were taken to the hospital as a precaution, and they also were released, Mayo said. No fatalities were reported.
A number of flood warnings were issued throughout the state as rivers stretching from south of Austin to north of Dallas-Fort Worth were swollen by the rains.
The storms that have battered Texas for the past week and a half have killed at least 11 people, including a 13-year-old boy who died Tuesday night in the Dallas suburb of Garland after being washed down a flooded creek.
It's been an extremely wet spring and early summer for much of Texas, from the Oklahoma border to south of San Antonio, National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Lenz said.
It's the wettest year on record in Austin, where more than 30 inches of rain has fallen since January, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls have also received near record amounts of rainfall. The rainfall has more than compensated for a drought that much of Texas had been experiencing since 2005, Lenz said.
There's a fairly good chance of showers and thunderstorms into the weekend in Central Texas, Lenz said, though the rainfall shouldn't be as heavy as it has been. Still, even a small amount of rain could cause more flash flooding because the soil is saturated.
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press Writer Mon Jul 2, 4:48 PM ET
COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - An oil spill added to the misery caused by widespread flooding Monday as thousands of evacuees in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas waited for water to recede from their homes.
Kansas got a break from the weather Monday, but more rain was scattered over Texas and eastern Oklahoma, the latest in nearly two weeks of storms. It was the 20th straight day that rain had fallen in Oklahoma City.
"It's such a dynamic situation," said Parker County, Texas, spokesman Joel Kertok. "We get a break, and then it starts raining again."
A pumping malfunction during the weekend allowed 42,000 gallons of crude oil to escape from the Coffeyville Resources refinery into the swollen Verdigris River in south-central Kansas, producing a floating slick that could be seen and smelled from the air.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency had teams on the scene, said Jim Miller, Montgomery County emergency manager. About a third of the homes in Coffeyville and a quarter of homes in Independence had been evacuated, he said, and water intakes for Coffeyville, Independence and Elk City had been shut down.
"Until the river starts receding, all we can do is monitor the situation," Miller said.
"We're very concerned," said Coffeyville Mayor Virgin Horn, whose own home was submerged. "It's chemicals mixed with water."
The oil was floating downriver toward Oklahoma and that state's Lake Oologah, said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the Kansas state adjutant. The lake, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, provides flood control, drinking water and recreation.
Oklahoma officials were optimistic the spill would
dissipate before it reached Oologah Lake.
"There are nine public water supplies along the Verdigris and the Oologah Lake, and none of them are currently affected," said Skylar McElhaney, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma's Department of Environmental Quality. Tulsa is among the cities that get water from Oologah.
The Verdigris River was more than 17 feet above flood stage at Independence at midday Monday and probably about 11 feet above flood stage at Coffeyville, said Janet Spurgeon, a National Weather Service hydrologist in Wichita. Forecasters don't expect the river to fall below flood stage until early next week, she said.
Elsewhere in Kansas, residents of Osawatomie were waiting for Pottawatomie Creek and the Marais des Cygnes River to recede. Forty percent of its 4,600 residents evacuated the city Sunday.
Emergency officials in northeast Oklahoma estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people were forced from their homes during the weekend around Bartlesville and Dewey because of flooding from the Caney River, said Kary Cox, Washington's County's emergency management director. The evacuees in Dewey included 58 nursing home residents, said Fire Chief Tom Smith.
The Caney was more than 8 feet above its 13-foot flood stage Monday, the weather service reported.
The Neosho River in northeast Oklahoma was at 22 feet on Monday morning, 7 feet above flood stage, and was expected to crest Tuesday at 28 feet, forcing people out of Miami and Commerce. "At 28 feet, there is very widespread flooding," said Bart Haake, a weather service meteorologist.
Hundreds of people in northern Texas were still unable to return to their homes near the Wichita and Brazos rivers because of flooding, power failures or fears of contaminated water.
In southwestern Missouri, flooding on the Marais des Cygnes has destroyed at least six homes near the community of Virginia.
Eleven deaths have been blamed on the storms and flooding in Texas, where two men are missing.
Associated Press writers David Twiddy in Kansas City, Mo., John Hanna in Coffeyville, Kan., Angela K. Brown in Fort Worth and Anabelle Garay in Dallas contributed to this report.
China rains claim 88 lives over a week
Web posted at: 7/8/2007 3:10:41
Source ::: REUTERS
BEIJING • Floods, landslides and other disasters triggered by torrential rain ravaged six Chinese provinces, killing 88 people and leaving 23 missing in the past week, the government said yesterday.
The disaster has affected 14.2m residents, completely destroyed 91,800 hectares (226,800 acres) of crops, while about 350,000 people have been evacuated and 32,300 houses damaged or destroyed, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.
The worst-hit area was the southwestern province of Sichuan where 28 people were killed and 12 are missing because of rainstorms since Monday, the ministry said on its Web site (www.mca.gov.cn).
"Damage to crops, roads and telecommunication facilities has been serious," the statement said.
State television showed pictures of badly flooded streets in several cities in Sichuan.
At least 30 people were killed by heavy rains in the central province of Hubei since June 27, the ministry said.
Fall into volcano
KINSHASA • A Chinese tourist who fell into the crater of a volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has died, a scientist at a local research centre said yesterday.
Cecilia Cheng Siuyan climbed over the crater rim of the Nyiragongo volcano near Congo's border with Rwanda on Friday to take a photo but slipped and fell more than 100 metres (300 feet) before coming to rest on a ledge above the lake of lava. "She is dead, but they haven't yet been able to remove the body," Celestin Kasereka, director of the volcanological observatory in the nearby city of Goma, told Reuters.
Siuyan initially showed signs of life and continued to move after the fall. But rescue efforts on Friday were called off due to poor visibility.
*Perilous Times and Global Warming
Severe Storm kills 15, brings 40,000 lightning strikes*
July 18, 2007 12:43pm
Article from: Reuters
A 16-HOUR storm unleashed more than 40,000 lightning strikes in China, killing 15 people, injuring more than 100 and bringing air, road and rail traffic to a halt, state media has said.
The storm, in the southwestern city of Chongqing, left five people missing and caused some 10,000 homes to collapse, the Beijing Times said.
It also left the landlocked and mountainous city almost cut off from the outside world as roads flooded, the airport closed, electricity was shut off and gas stations stopped working, the report added.
Railway lines were also blocked.
The storm killed 10 people in Chongqing and five people in neighbouring Sichuan province, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.
"The storm was too strong. It overwhelmed most of the city's drainage abilities," it quoted a city official as saying.
Large swathes of China have been hit by severe floods this summer which have killed more than 400 people.
More than 770 people have died as a result of this year's monsoon season
across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan
Landslides kill 22 in India
10.39, Wed Jul 18 2007
At least 22 people were killed and around 4,500 left homeless after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides in southern India.
In total, at least 143 people have been killed and more than 27,000 people have been forced to live in hundreds of relief camps since the monsoon broke over Kerala state in June.
Some of the worst-hit areas have been submerged beneath more than four times the usual amount of rain for this time of year that have damaged crops and infrastructure.
More rain is expected over the next three days
and the government said it had helicopters and food and medical supplies on standby for rescue and relief.
More than 770 people have died as a result of this year's monsoon season across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Hundreds of thousands of people remain stranded with little food and water for a seventh day in eastern India as heavy rains continue to pour.
At least 187 people have died and seven million have been affected by flooding caused by the annual June-September monsoon rains across eastern, western and southern parts of the country.
The rains, which have caused rivers and dams to overflow, swamping towns and villages, have killed around 770 people across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
In India, hundreds of flooded villages in the eastern state of West Bengal remain cut off. Some residents have been left stranded in trees and on rooftops with only coconuts to eat.
"It was distressing to see so many people perched on rooftops and crying for help," said defence official Ramesh Kumar Das, who is helping the Indian Air Force distribute food to marooned villagers from helicopters.
Officials said 12 bodies, including a woman holding a child, had been found stuck in the mud on the banks of a river in the state's West Midnapore district.
Authorities in the neighbouring state of Orissa have handed out dry food packets to thousands of people marooned in remote districts. In the Balasore district, families used boats to escape submerged villages.
In the western state of Gujarat, 11 people drowned in floods and two others were killed when a house collapsed as rains poured down for the second day after a brief lull.
Several dams in the state were overflowing and 20,000 people were being moved to higher ground as a precautionary measure, officials said.
"We have to release water because the dams are overflowing and an alert has been sounded in this regard," a senior government rescue official said.
Weather officials in Gujarat said heavy rains would continue for at least the next 48 hours.
FACTBOX: The five Asian countries worst hit by monsoon floods
Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:47AM EDT
(Reuters) - Heavy rain and storms have triggered floods and landslides across large parts of Asia, killing hundreds of people.
Here is an overview of the five Asian countries worst affected by this year's monsoon weather.
INDIA, about 750 dead:
-- Heavy rains and landslides have displaced more than eight million people since the start of this year's monsoon season, authorities in the affected states say.
-- Northwestern Maharashtra state has been worst hit, with 362 recorded deaths. In southern Kerala state, 143 have been killed by floods and more than 27,000 displaced since the monsoon began in June.
CHINA, at least 400 dead:
-- Floods, landslides and lightning killed more than 150 people last week across vast tracts of China. More than 3 million have been displaced by this year's rain season.
-- In recent weeks, parts of China have suffered the heaviest rainfall since records began. Last year was the country's second deadliest for floods and typhoons, with 2,704 people killed, according to the China Meteorological Association. The worst year on record was 1998, when 4,150 died in summer floods.
PAKISTAN, nearly 350 dead:
-- South-western Pakistan suffered severe early rainy-season storms and flooding while flash floods killed people in northern Pakistan. A powerful storm killed about 230 people in the biggest city, Karachi, on June 23. Three days later, a cyclone and subsequent floods killed 119 people in the state of Baluchistan, leaving 250,000 people homeless and 204 people missing.
BANGLADESH, nearly 150 dead:
-- Nearly 130 people died in the port city of Chittagong and five million people across the country were either marooned or threatened by flooding in early June. In July, another 15 died and half a million were stranded in their homes by three days of relentless monsoon rains.
-- Bangladesh's monsoon season runs until mid-September. Two-thirds of the low-lying country is regularly inundated during the monsoon, as rain-swollen rivers and streams flow into Bangladesh from the hills of bordering east India.
AFGHANISTAN, about 100 dead:
-- Floods and landslides have killed scores of people, destroyed roads and damaged thousands of homes. Very heavy snow melt has caused flooding in the mountainous north, as swollen rivers burst their banks after winter.
Sun finally out after heavy rain floods Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) -- The sun was finally out over south and central Texas on Sunday after days of torrential rain left an Amtrak train stranded, flooded roads and sent Boy Scouts on a camping trip fleeing for their lives
As much as 17 inches of rain fell in some areas between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, said Pat McDonald, a National Weather Service forecaster. Dozens of people were rescued, some by helicopter, but no serious injuries were reported in the state's latest round of flooding.
Only isolated showers were forecast through Tuesday, but several central Texas rivers were either at flood stage or expected to reach that level Sunday night or Monday, McDonald said. The high water posed little threat to homes but was a problem for some recreational areas and ranches, he said.
A Boy Scout troop from suburban Fort Worth camping on the Guadalupe River had to make a quick getaway early Saturday when the water rose rapidly. No one was injured, but the troop lost five vehicles, including a 15-passenger van, to the waters north of San Antonio, Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Watch rescued mom who had to put her kids on roof »
"I've never seen water rise like that," Juan Ramirez, one of 15 Scouts on the outing, told the newspaper. "We barely got out of our tent."
An Amtrak train was halted Saturday morning in Knippa, Texas, a town about 75 miles west of San Antonio, after water covered the tracks, stranding 176 passengers.
Buses drove most passengers Saturday evening to El Paso, Texas, where they boarded another train and were under way by 10 p.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said Sunday. A few passengers caught trains at other stops between San Antonio and El Paso, Graham said.
Laura Delarosa, 30, of Dripping Springs, Texas, was arrested Saturday after rescue workers got her and the children -- a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy -- to safety.
Authorities say Delarosa drove a minivan around road barricades south of Austin, Texas, and became stuck in floodwaters with the two children. She was charged with child endangerment.
The National Weather Service confirmed a small tornado east of San Antonio near Seguin, Texas, on Saturday about 5:25 a.m. Four businesses and at least one house were damaged, Guadalupe County Sheriff's Cpl. John Batey said Saturday.
Meanwhile, mudslides in Colorado forced at least 125 people to evacuate their homes near Alpine, about 100 miles southwest of Denver, and roads into the area were closed.
At least 31 homes were damaged on two roads, said Page Croix, a dispatcher for the Chaffee County sheriff. "It was a deluge," she told The Denver Post. "Mostly cars are totally buried."
No injuries were reported, and a shelter was opened for displaced residents. The mudslides Saturday night were caused by several days of rain in the rugged, steep area.E-mail to a friend
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More Than Foot of Rain Floods Texas
By APRIL CASTRO 06.27.07, 7:24 PM ET
Lashing storms dumped up to 18 inches of rain on parts of central Texas, flooding several towns and stranding dozens of people on rooftops, cars and in trees Wednesday.
No fatalities were immediately reported in the latest in a series of storms blamed for at least 11 deaths in the past week and a half. The downpour and winds were so treacherous early Wednesday that helicopters were forced to abruptly halt efforts to rescue people from rooftops.
The rain was heaviest in the Marble Falls area, about 40 miles northwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, where Mayor Raymond Whitman said there were 32 high-water rescues.
Much of the water had receded by Wednesday afternoon, but as much as 10 inches of rain was forecast to fall in the region overnight.
Residents in two subdivisions near Buchanan Dam, northwest of Marble Falls, were asked to evacuate their homes. About seven families were being evacuated by helicopter because the roads were not passable.
"The ground is fully saturated ... it could be severe," Whitman said. "If people do not pay attention and move to high ground, it is very possible that there will be fatalities."
Parts of Oklahoma also were soaked Wednesday, with rain falling on Oklahoma City for the 15th consecutive day, breaking a 70-year-old record. Flooding closed some roads in central and northeastern Oklahoma.
"Anytime it rains there's going to be the threat of heavy downpours, it's not out of the question for any one area to get three inches," weather service meteorologist Ty Judd said Wednesday in Norman, Okla.
In Texas, Whitman said three bridges were washed out in the Marble Falls area and the city water plant was damaged, leaving about two-thirds of the city without water. A temporary pump was being installed and city officials hoped water would be restored by Wednesday night.
"This is the worst I've ever seen it in my lifetime," said Whitman, 47, who has lived in the town his entire life.
Whitman Branch creek, typically just 2 to 3 feet wide in Marble Falls, stretched at least 100 feet across Wednesday. At least four Frito Lay trucks had washed away, spilling chips along the creek. One large truck emblazoned with the Doritos logo was stuck on its side in the still-running water.
Paul Irvin found his sheet metal shop near the creek under 6 feet of water.
"It was a sick feeling to see everything you've worked so hard for washing down," Irvin said.
The weather was so stormy during the early morning that helicopter crews had to abandon several rescue attempts, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services spokesman Warren Hassinger. He said four rescue attempts were halted before dawn and he didn't know what happened to the people needing help.
One aborted rescue mission had attempted to get four people from the roof of a house in Granite Shoals, where water was about 4 feet from the top of the building. They had pulled a possible drowning victim from the water, Hassinger said.
One successful helicopter-assisted rescue plucked a Williamson County sheriff's deputy and another person from atop the lawman's car along the San Gabriel River near Georgetown, Hassinger said.
Whitman said some looting had been reported in flood-damaged areas, but he declined to elaborate. He said extra police officers would be on duty throughout the night and a curfew could be instituted if necessary.
The Texas National Guard sent about 150 troops and 50 vehicles to help in central Texas and other areas from the Oklahoma state line to the Rio Grande Valley. The storm runoff also caused flooding downstream and flood gates were opened at several dams, the Lower Colorado River Authority said.
In Parker County, west of Fort Worth, a county judge ordered mandatory evacuation of residential areas along the Brazos River after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the gates at the Possum Kingdom dam.
Rains also drenched North Texas, flooding some streams and rivers and forcing the evacuation of at least 50 homes in a subdivision near Lake Granbury, about 60 miles southwest of Dallas. There, about 30 homes were destroyed, said Hood County Sheriff Gene Mayo. About 25 people were rescued from the water, trees and rooftops, he said.
Ray Thomas and his wife fled their house on a peninsula between the North and South San Gabriel rivers at about 4:45 a.m., after hearing an emergency weather radio bulletin.
"We're lucky we got out," he said. "In September we were praying for rain. What worries me now is the rain that's still to come."
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CHEHALIS, WASHINGTON, USA
Chehalis River swallows up homes, residents airlifted out
The freeway overpass in Chehalis was underwater, including Wal-Mart on the right. I-5, which runs below, was completely submerged.
A Centralia neighborhood that runs next to I-5 which is fully submerged at the right.
Flood waters from the Chehalis River inundate a neighborhood in Centralia.
Looking south, semi trucks sit stranded on high ground above the flooded Interstate 5 at Exit 77 in Chehalis.
Airplanes were moved to high ground at Chehalis Airport. Officials said it's the worst flooding in years in and around Chehalis and Centralia including Interstate 5.
The barrier on Interstate 5 between the northbound and southbound lanes is swept away in places as the highway passes through Chehalis.