Midwest Cleans Up After Destructive Storms

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Midwest residents are trying to recover from severe storms that damaged homes and caused major flash flooding.

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and snow hit Arkansas, Missouri and Texas this week.

In Missouri, rain piled up to almost four inches in a matter of hours, flooding nearly 200 roads.

The National Weather Service said the Meramec, the eastern Missouri river that flooded in March, could reach what it considers "major" flood stage because of the rain.

Flooding in Arkansas forced officials to close schools in several towns. Residents there, and in Oklahoma and Texas also saw hail damage.

Tornado Destroys Homes

The worst damage was seen in Texas, where a tornado ripped through at least 100 homes and businesses.

Sixty-nine-year-old Evelyn Wooten said she spent Thursday in a closet, wearing a motorcycle helmet and waiting for the storm to clear.

"I wasn't going to be hit in the head by a two-by-four," she said. "I just made me a cozy little den in there."

Another resident said he lost everything, and it's a miracle he and his family survived.

"The shoes I have on my feet come from Church of Breckenridge, Cowboy Church brought me pants, and Bethany Baptist church brought me this shirt," he said. "And that's all I got."

About 250,000 were without power during the storms. Some are expected to have power until Saturday.

In Colorado, more than a foot of snow postponed an Atlanta Braves-Colorado Rockies baseball game and closed part of Interstate 70. Nebraska and South Dakota also saw snowfall.

Source: Associated Press

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