Heavy Rain Slams Midwest

The National Weather Service posted flood and flash flood warnings from Texas to Pennsylvania on Tuesday night and Wednesday as a strong cold front and low pressure moved through the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley. In Ohio the rain fell on ground already saturated from heavy snowfall less than two weeks ago. A foot of rain fell in sections of southern Illinois and at Mountain Home, Arkansas and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, while 6.2 inches fell at Evansville, Indiana. Five deaths were linked to the flooding in Missouri and five people were killed in a highway wreck in heavy rain in Kentucky. A 65-year-old Ohio woman appeared to have drowned while checking on a sump pump in her home. In southern Illinois, two bodies were found hours after flood waters swept a pickup truck off a rural road. Key roads were closed in the Cincinnati area, where water four feet deep was reported in businesses in the suburb of Sharonville.

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