Flooding hits central U.S.

Homes damaged and people evacuated in Plain States.

BY HEATHER MOYER | ELLINWOOD, Kan. | May 6, 2007


Flooding damaged homes and forced evacuations Sunday in several Plains states.

Some 70 homes were flooded in Ellinwood, Kan., as the same storm system that dropped tornadoes on the region also brought flood woes. Southwest Harper County residents sand-bagged their homes, a local school and hospital as flooding threatened the area. Buses there were moving families who were voluntarily evacuating.

Flooding was also reported in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. A Missouri Valley, Iowa, senior-living facility was evacuated as waters rose around it. Parts of Cass County, Iowa, were also under water. A shelter in Griswold was housing 50 families. A tornado destroyed a farm on the outskirts of Griswold.

Fremont and Shelby counties in Iowa reported high water.

Numerous roads throughout the affected states were closed and officials urged the public to not drive through flooded areas.


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