Flood threat continuesin several states

Ice and heavy rain caused damage in several eastern states Friday, and flood threats loomed over the weekend as well.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | January 8, 2005


Ice and heavy rain caused damage in several eastern states Friday, and flood threats loomed over the weekend as well.

In Indiana, which was hit by an ice storm on Friday, streams and rivers continued to rise on Saturday morning, and some forecasters said a worst-case scenario would mean the worst flooding in 40 years.

Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan declared a state of emergency in much of southern and central Indiana. Rivers were at or above flood stage at 30 locations around the state.

Thousands of people were without power in that state, and the Indiana Emergency Management Agency reported that some 900 people were staying in shelters in 21 counties. Hardest hit was the Muncie area, where about 400 people were sheltered.

Floods have damaged homes and businesses in Ohio, but specific numbers were not yet available by Saturday morning.

Wheeling Island and New Cumberland were hard hit, though Ohio emergency management reports indicate that the situation was not as bad as the September 2004 floods in the same area.

Rivers were high in Missouri and Mississippi as well.


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