More Flooding Ravages Midwest

Ohio governor declares state of emergency as waters rise
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2007 7:02 AM CDT
Streets are shown surrounded by floodwaters Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, in Findlay, Ohio. Firefighters and a volunteer armada navigated boats through streets awash in waist-deep water Wednesday, plucking...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ohio towns were turned into lakes as some of the worst flooding in a century spread across the Midwest yesterday, displacing hundreds of people, reports the AP. Locals in the town on Findlay, Ohio, not far from the Indiana border, navigated the submerged streets in canoes as firefighters and volunteers rescued stranded residents. The Ohio governor has declared a state of emergency for nine of the state's counties.

Further west in Iowa, thunderstorms continued to pummel a region already drenched by rain. Emergency personnel evacuated residents of homes along the Des Moines River and built levees as the water rose to four feet above flood stage. Flooding in the area has claimed 22 lives this summer.