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Flooding kills two in western Pennsylvania

Two people were killed by flash floods that swept parts of western Pennsylvania after heavy rains caused streams and creeks to overflow, emergency officials said Saturday.

High waters forced many residents to evacuate their homes early Saturday, and some roads were closed that were damaged by floodwaters. By Saturday evening floodwaters had receded and people were returning to their homes in most affected areas.

In Bedford County, a 2-year-old died after she was swept away in a rain-swollen creek, said Dan Datesman, emergency management coordinator for Bedford.

"I don't know anyone that's displaced at this point from their home," he said. "The streams are down, and people are returning to their houses."

In Clarion County, fire department members found the body of a 73-year-old woman along a creek, 11 hours after she left her home, said a spokesman for the Pennsylvania state police.

The flooded counties included Blair, Clarion, Crawford, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Mercer and Venango. Homes, bridges and roads were damaged and power lines downed.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge declared disaster emergencies in those eight counties, officials said.

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