13 Dead in Midwest Floods

Three people remain missing; Missouri especially hard hit
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 7:12 PM CDT
13 Dead in Midwest Floods
Floodwaters inundate a park in Ozark, Mo., Wednesday, March 19, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Massive flooding across the central US has left 13 people dead and three missing, the AP reports. Record or near-record crests were reported across Missouri; Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio also saw flooding. Rescuers were searching for a Texas teenager washed into a drainage pipe and for two people in Arkansas whose vehicles were swept away on flooded roads.

"We've got water rising everywhere," said an Indiana official. Flash-flood warnings were in effect from Texas to Pennsylvania, the AP notes. Two days of drenching rain finally let up over Missouri today as the storm system moved northeast, dropping snow in the Ohio Valley and in New England. A separate system is dumping rain from Alabama to the mid-Atlantic states. (More Missouri stories.)

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