Unrelenting Midwest rains have killed 22, dislocated hundreds
By Deborah Horan
Copyright 2007 Chicago Tribune Company
CHICAGO — Canoes and high-riding shuttle buses were used to rescue stranded residents across the Midwest on Wednesday as heavy rains generated by a potent combination of scorching temperatures and high humidity forced rivers over their banks, flooding homes and businesses, and saturating farmland in several states, authorities said.
At least 22 people have died in the floods, caused by two storm systems that have spanned the Midwest, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri in recent days, including a man found Tuesday lodged in a tree near Lewiston, Minn., The Associated Press reported. Authorities were bracing for more floods by Friday as storms were expected to dump another 2 to 3 inches of rain across states that have already experienced higher-than-normal precipitation.