Flash Floods Swamp Okla., Midwest

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Evidence of nature's fury is being seen across the Midwest.

In Oklahoma, 59 counties have been declared disaster areas and at least 50 people were rescued after flash floods washed-out roads and swamped neighborhoods in Oklahoma City and in the nearby suburb of Edmond.

The Sooner State was still getting pelted a day later, but nothing like the nine inches of rain that overwhelmed Oklahoma City in just three hours on Monday, causing massive flooding.

Rescuers trying to save a teenager hanging on to a tree branch had to be rescued themselves when their boat flipped over.

"The river was rushing pretty good there so we had to use a lot of energy just to hang on," said Lt. Joe Smith of the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

While floodwaters have subsided in Arkansas, residents of Oklahoma still have their eyes on the sky. Forecasters say more rain is expected in Oklahoma City over the next 24 hours.

The high water came just a few days after the deadly flooding in Arkansas that killed 20 people.

It has been a horrible few days for flooding -- which include high waters that washed across regions of Indiana, completely submerged parts of a Nebraska town, and buried areas of West Virginia in messy mud. Rain also fell in huge amounts the Kansas City, Mo. metro area.

Survivor Stories

However, there was nothing that compared to the horror stories told by the Arkansas flooding survivors from last Friday night.

The Whatleys of Garland, Texas were staying with 35 friends and relatives when the floodwaters hit. Terry Whatley awoke and saw ankle-deep water. He rushed to rescue his mother, sister and nephew.

"By the time I grabbed them and walked 15 feet - the water was up to our chest just about," Terry said. "It was a nightmare."

Terry's son, Matt, ran to warn people to get out of a group of cabins in the water's way.

"In a matter of 5-10 minutes it had covered the first row of cabins," Matt said.

"When I knew it was going to get bad - is when cars started floating by me," Chris Whatley said.

At one point, Terry lost his footing while dragging his mother from the raging flood.

"After going back under and pulling her up and losing all control of what I could do - that's when I said to myself - this'll be a bad way to go," Terry said. "That's when my son grabbed both of us and dragged us to safety."

Lisa Whatley had not gone on the camping trip.

"When I saw my family and saw that they were all okay - not one of them was hurt - I thanked God," Lisa said. "And instead of being strong like a rock, I fell to the ground and just was grateful my family survived."

Not everyone in the Whatleys' party was so fortunate. Three of their friends died and all the Whatleys' trucks, camping gear and personal belongings were swept away.

"I have my family," Terry said. "I can replace those other things. I can't replace these guys. I'm very thankful."

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Charlene Aaron

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