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3 drown in Midwest flooding; hundreds flee rising waters

Patients are evacuated from Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ind., on Saturday as floodwaters rose.

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Patients are evacuated from Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ind., on Saturday as floodwaters rose.

INDIANAPOLIS — Wicked weekend storms pounded the country from the Midwest to the East Coast, forcing hundreds of people to flee, spawning tornadoes and killing at least eight.

Rescuers continued to pluck people from rising waters in Indiana on Sunday, a day after more than 10 inches of rain deluged much of the state.

In Iowa, pumps and thousands of sandbags were sent to the Iowa City area, where officials fear a reservoir could top a spillway and flood the city by Tuesday.

The Indiana flooding killed at least one person, a man who drowned in his vehicle about 50 miles south of Indianapolis, said John Erickson, a spokesman for the state Department of Homeland Security. Another person was reported missing after falling off a boat about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

In Michigan, two delivery workers for the Grand Rapids Press drowned early Sunday when their car became submerged in a washed out a road in Saugatuck Township, the newspaper said.

Two other people in the state were killed by falling trees, one man drowned and a woman died when high winds blew a recreational vehicle on top of her, authorities said.

Lightning struck a pavilion at a state park in Connecticut, killing one person and injuring four, state environmental spokesman Dennis Schain said.

At least one tornado hit the Omaha, Neb., as people slept Sunday morning. No major injuries were reported.

Iowa saw some of its worst flooding in more than a decade, Gov. Chet Culver said in a statement as he declared an emergency in nearly a third of the state's 99 counties.

Officials said water levels on the Iowa River at Iowa City could be like those during the historic floods of 1993, which put most of the state under water.

In areas of Minnesota near the Iowa border, officials asked Winnebago Valley residents to evacuate. More than 60 people were taken to a shelter in Caledonia from a campground.

In Wisconsin, more than a dozen homes near the Kickapoo River in La Farge were evacuated.

In Morgan County, southwest of Indianapolis, about 150 residents were taken out of a flooded nursing home.

3 drown in Midwest flooding; hundreds flee rising waters 06/08/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:33pm]

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