States assess storm damage

Midwest and southern states were assessing damages after severe storms that killed 12 people over the weekend.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 25, 2006

Midwest and southern states were assessing damages after severe storms that killed 12 people over the weekend.

The storms spawned tornadoes, heavy rain, hail and gusting wind in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

As floodwaters receded, most evacuated people were able to return home by Monday morning.

In Missouri, forecasters said 10 tornadoes touched down. At least 67 single-family homes were destroyed,while 17 mobile homes were destroyed, according to state emergency management reports. Much of the damage was in Perry, Iron, Madison and Phelps counties.

Rural southeast Missouri reported damage as well, and farmers there have faced crop damage from repeat tornadoes over the past few years.

Parts of Missouri reported more than 10 inches of rain, but wind damage appeared to be worse than flood damage.

In Michigan, a tornado touched down in the western part of the state. The most severe damage - most of it roof damage - was in Caledonia (Kent County).

Kentucky reported that flood damage was being handled on a local emergency management level. Eight of the deaths were in that state, and emergency officials were still warning people to stay off flooded roads on Monday.

In Evansville, Indiana, residents spent the weekend sandbagging to try to hold off floodwaters. The southeast side of Evansville was under the greatest flood threat, according to local reports.

Northeast Arkansas and parts of Tennessee also saw flood damage. In Arkansas, residents near the Spring River were told to evacuate because of the potential for high water. By Sunday morning, Tennessee reported all evacuees in that state were able to return home.

In Illinois, high winds destroyed three mobile homes in Massac County, and damaged about 12 homes in Jackson County, according to reports from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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