1978 Flash Flood Monroe, LA - Tom Malmay

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1978 Flash Flood Monroe, LA - Tom Malmay - Heavy Rains, Floods Hit Louisiana United Press...
Heavy Rains, Floods Hit Louisiana United Press International Relentless rains from a storm system that devastated Arkansas and killed 12 people in a lethal march from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest lashed at Louisiana Friday, spawning floods and forcing evacuations. More than eight inches of rain soaked northeastern Louisiana, washing out roads and bridges, flooding homes, chasing elderly patients from a nursing home and forcing police out of their headquarters. The Ouachita Parish community of West Monroe was nearly isolated by floods that washed out bridges and lapped into homes and businesses. More than 100 elderly residents of Guest House nursing home were evacuated in National Guard trucjcs, boats and ambulances and taken to a nearby church hall. "We've got boats and heavy trucks at the nursing home and a lot of deputies and officers and firemen have boats to get those elderly patients out," a police spokesman said. Water flooded the first floor of the state police office in West Monroe, forcing troopers to move their operations to a sheriff's office in Rayville. Other storms spread over southcentral and southwestern Texas, touching off heavy rains and prompting flash flood watches. Locally heavy rain also doused portions of the Southwest, touching off scattered flooding. Rain persisted in Arkansas where rescue teams in the Little Rock area sifted through mud- caked homes and flood- battered cars in search of more victims of flash floods that claimed at least 10 lives. Searchers wer hindered by hundreds of sightseers gawking at the devastation. Little Rock was hardest hit by the storm, which swept inland from the Gulf Coast of Texas Wednesday. Arkansas authorities said early damage estimates totaled more than $10 million and predicted the loss figure would more than double when all reports are in. Every Sunday The storm also touched off floods in Texas and less severe flooding throughout the Plains and Midwest — as far north as Minnesota. The onslaught was blamed for one death in Texas and another in Indiana earlier in the week. Winds gusting to 70 mph battered Augusta, Kan., early Thursday, causing scattered damage. Other storms dotted the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies. Rain also spread over much of the East and South, from New England through the Appalachians to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. AIDS County's ONLY "COMPLETE" _ TV LISTINGS! _.. on All Shifts No Experience Necessary. Apply in Person. WINCHESTER LODGE 1112 Smith, Alvln, T*x« Ptt: 331-6125

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 16 Sep 1978, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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