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US reels with tornado, flood aftermath

05-06-2011 13:51 BJT Special Report:Floods and Droughts of Summer 2011 |

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Large parts of the United States are reeling with the aftermath of the devastation left by tornadoes and record floods. Rescue teams are searching for survivors and the deceased. With the number of missing far from certain, officials are likely to raise the death toll which stands at 329.

The US south and midwest are in a state of shock.

Resident don't know whether to piece together their shattered communities, or prepare for the worst, which may still be on its way.

Stricken by grief, the only thing to do now is search.

Farther north and west, Mississippi floodwaters are hitting dangerous levels in
parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.

As Alabama residents scour the destruction to find loved ones and belongings, members of Louisiana Task Force 1, comb the debris for survivors.

Where man and machine can't go, the search goes to specially trained dogs, who forage for any signs of life.

It's unclear how many people are missing across the seven US states.

The work of finding answers for families falls largely on the search and rescue teams sorting through the ruins of entire communities that were ripped from their foundations and thrown across hollows and hills on April 27.

Bruce Saltalamachia, Louisiana Task Force 1, said, "In 32 years on the fire department, worked a few smaller, much smaller tornadoes. This, by far, is the most devastating thing I've seen."

Those who were lucky enough to escape the devastation of tornadoes, now see their homes under water.

Farther north and west, Mississippi floodwaters are hitting dangerous levels in
parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.

Farther north and west, Mississippi floodwaters are hitting dangerous levels in parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.

The storm didn't discriminate against rich or poor, hitting this wealthy area in Memphis.

Residents have weighed whether to stay or go.

Up and down the Mississippi, from Illinois to Louisiana, thousands faced the same decision as high water kept on rolling down the river and its tributaries, threatening to swamp communities over the next week or two.

The flooding is already breaking high-water records that have stood since the 1930s.

Shane Frerichs, Memphis Resident, said, "Well, I do live in Harbor Town here, and I never expected really to see a flood like this. It floods a little bit each year, but nothing compared to this in the last few years I've been here. Um, right now we're just kind of getting prepared to evacuate if we need to."

Unsure if this is just a taste of more to come, residents are doing all they can to prevent a repeat.

They are working one step at a time to keep the danger back.

Farther north and west, Mississippi floodwaters are hitting dangerous levels in
parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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