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The Greenville News from Greenville, South Carolina • Page 72

Greenville, South Carolina
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14A Saturday, July 26, 2008 The Greenville News Rpsidfints ens? warned to stay out of water y- 1 ry Jr I i A Among hazards! fire ants, snakes, tarantulas kf. GABE HERNANDEZ The Assootated Press David Soto hopes to salvage some belongings Jrom his home in San Benito, Texas, ill il lift Tne Associated Kress Homes were smashed by a tornado In central New Hampshire. Baby's cries lead to rescue The Associated Press EDINBURG, Texas South Jexans eager to salvage what they can from waterlogged homes struck by Hurricane Dolly have another problem: The floodwaters they're slogging through are laced with stinging fire ants, snakes' and tarantulas. "You don't want to wade in this water," state Health Services, Commissioner David Lakey said during a visit to the Rio Grande Valley Friday. "You don't want to play in this water. You want to stay out of this wa- ter." It was timely advice, but residents in many neighborhoods with waist-deep water had little choice as they sifted through the mess left by the Category 2 storm that hit the east- ern Texas and Mexico coasts Wednesday. In eastern Hidalgo County, as much as 12 inches of rain fell in six hours, turning neighborhoods into coffee- Iliana Reyna, was-monitoring the floodwat-er's rise to the second step of her front porch in Edi-nburg. Reyna, her husband and three children waded into the water Friday to gather a few belongings and what dry goods they could. Suddenly, 4-year-old Adolfo, standing on the shoulder of the road in bare feet, screamed and began hopping. The other children scooped up water in their shoes and splashed it on his feet, while his father lifted him and brushed away the attacking ant. "This is just too much for us," said neighbor Arnold Silva, whose yard was flooded when another neighbor dumped water into it. colored lakes. Officials estimated it could take six weeks for the low-lying region to completely dry out, and 118,000 people still had no electricity Friday morning. Emergency managers tried to assure people that they would come to help and begged for patience. They said they were beginning to pump water from some of the worst hit areas and working to move water into floodways. Residents were using backhoes to dig their own drainage canals and clear water off their property. But the water simply flowed into the neighbors', yards. Tempers among longtime neighbors were becoming strained. Officials estimate that at least a half-dozen homes were destroyed and hundreds were damaged in the heavily sparsely populated terrain. The National Weather Service said nine towns suffered severe damage from the tornado, which at times reached wind speeds of 111-135 mph. 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