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Indiana residents fight massive floods that claim three lives

Residents of the US state of Indiana, aided by National Guard troops, worked to sandbag their homes early Thursday in the hopes of protecting them from massive floods caused by heavy rains.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2003 10:54 IST

Residents of the US state of Indiana, aided by National Guard troops, worked to sandbag their homes early Thursday in the hopes of protecting them from massive floods caused by heavy rains.

State Governor Frank O'Bannon has declared a state of emergency in heavily-hit central and northern Indiana and called on President George W. Bush to provide federal aid to victims of the flood that has already claimed at least three lives.

Heavy thunderstorms have been pummeling the area since Friday, resulting in record flood levels in numerous rivers and streams and vast damage to homes, businesses and public facilities, including streets and roads, according to state officials.

O'Bannon flew over six of the worst affected counties Monday and said he was not encouraged by the situation.

"I saw severe flooding, homes with two or three feet of water around them and two toppled high-tension electric towers," the governor said in a statement. "I'm hopeful the federal government will recognize that Hoosiers (Indiana residents) have been hit hard and need help."

First Published: Jul 11, 2003 10:54 IST