Midwest Picks Up Pieces After 'Devastating' Storms

Region ravaged by tornadoes, floods
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2007 5:00 AM CDT
Rescue crew cruise down on flooded streets 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) – The Midwest began massive storm cleanup yesterday as power was restored in southern Michigan after a series of tornadoes, and Ohio residents picked through homes ruined by floods. Hardest hit was Fenton, where at least 250 buildings in the Michigan town were destroyed when six tornadoes touched down in the state on Friday.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland wants the federal government to declare north-central Ohio a major disaster area, the AP reports. A disaster declaration, already granted in southern Wisconsin, would allow residents to apply for aid, housing and loans. “It's difficult to exaggerate what's happened here,” Strickland said as he visited a town destroyed by a flood. “It's absolutely devastating.”