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Severe storms, flooding drench Southeast

9 year old Miss. girl missing, believed swept away by flood waters

April 7, 2014

A 9-year old girl appeared to have been swept away by flash floods triggered by severe storms in Mississippi and more than 100 people were rescued from deluged apartment building in Alabama, authorities said on Monday.

Severe thunderstorms crawled across the Southeast on Monday, dumping heaving rains and causing flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue more than two dozen people from their homes and cars.

Hardest hit was parts of northern Alabama, including the Birmingham metro area, where evacuations and high-water rescues were prompted.

Some roads in Birmingham became impassable, and schools delayed opening in many areas of central Alabama due to the heavy rains.

Firefighters in a Birmingham, Alabama, suburb worked for six hours to evacuate residents by boat and rope pulls after swift waters from a nearby creek flooded their apartments, said Homewood Fire Department Lieutenant Gus Murphree.

No one was injured, he said.

About two dozen residents of a mobile home park in Pelham, Alabama had to be rescued from floodwaters that were nearly chest high. Others were isolated in mobile homes that were on higher ground because the only entrance into the complex was flooded. Rescue workers helped several people and pets from an apartment complex in Homewood, where water was up to the windows of some cars.

Authorities in Mississippi were still searching for the a young girl, believed to have been carried away by flash-flood waters triggered by storms that were expected to head north into the eastern United States.

The missing child was from Yazoo County, where flooding had affected homes and businesses, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

In Augusta, Ga., where the Master’s golf tournament is being held this week at Augusta National, practice round play was temporarily suspended Monday because of severe weather.

The National Weather Service also warned people that more tornadoes and severe thunderstorms were possible. The thunderstorms on Monday could also bring hail and damaging winds, weather officials said.

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