Midwestern Floods Takes 4 Lives

National Guardsmen rescue trapped drivers, state of emergency declared
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2007 4:16 PM CDT
Some classic cars are seen in some flood water Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, in Winona, Minn. Severe storms deluged parts of the upper Midwest during the night with as much as a foot of rain, causing flooding...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Floodwaters have taken at least 4 lives today and plowed through bridges and roads in the MidWest, the AP reports. Dozens of National Guardsmen are braving severe storms as helicopters are rescuing people trapped by the flooding. Governors have declared states of emergency in Minnesota and Wisconsin and urged people to evacuate their homes in both states.

Two people died when high waters pushed their car off the road and trapped them in a flooded 30-foot gully; torrents also derailed a train and sent patients fleeing a Wisconsin nursing home. Powerful thunderstorms caused the flooding by rolling into the region and staying for hours, a meteorologist says. He forecast more rain for today as the storm system expanded over other Midwestern states.