Death Toll Hits 22 in Midwest Floods

Costs are counted as storms move into Ohio
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2007 1:00 AM CDT
Flood waters inundate homes in Rushford, Minn., Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, after the town was flooded early Sunday from the Root River. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At least 22 people have been killed in the floods inundating the Midwest, AP reports. As the two storm systems responsible moved into Ohio yesterday, officials in Wisconsin and Minnesota tallied damage assessments in the tens of millions of dollars. An estimated 4,200 homes were affected in Minnesota alone.

"It's heart-wrenching," said a local from a small town under water since Sunday. "Makes me want to cry." President Bush said Minnesota residents could expect a “flood of help” soon from the federal government, but the state's governor warned many without flood insurance not to expect miracles.