FINDLAY, Ohio – Divers pulled the body of a 17-year-old runner from a swollen lake a day after he was caught in a current while trying to cross a flooded trail in Oklahoma City.
The death toll across the Upper Midwest and from the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin that swept Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri over the past week also rose to at least 26.
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Water from the worst flood in nearly a century in Findlay, Ohio began receding as it did elsewhere in the Midwest, allowing some of the more than 1,000 homeowners who had been displaced to get a look at their soaked possessions. In one Ohio county alone, the tally of damaged homes was more than 700.
In the northwest city of 40,000 with a mix of factories and small businesses, hundreds of residents were making their way home a day after firefighters and volunteers in boats and canoes navigated waist-deep water to rescue people and pets.
Generators hummed as residents pumped out water; it was too soon to start cleaning up the debris.
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Gov. Ted Strickland had declared nine Ohio counties to be in a state of emergency, making flood victims there eligible for a maximum of $1,500 per family.
The weather was not through with the region, however, as funnel clouds were spotted in the suburbs west of Chicago and storms lashed Iowa and Minnesota.
At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, about 500 flights were canceled Thursday evening and others delayed for more than 2 1/2 hours, said Chicago Aviation Commissioner Nuria Fernandez. Delays at Midway Airport averaged 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Storms rattled and soaked northern and west-central Illinois, splitting trees and damaging buildings and adding to the rising water in several rivers, which crews rushed to sandbag. A roof collapsed at the dock area of an industrial building in the suburbs, injuring 40 people but none seriously, police said.
In southwestern Wisconsin, the National Guard pumped water to relieve pressure on at least one dam, said Mike Goetzman, a spokesman for Wisconsin Emergency Management. The earthen dam suffered erosion earlier this week when water from weekend thunderstorms overflowed it.
Firefighters in Wheatland, Wisconsin, had a hard time putting out a house fire because the building was surrounded by flood water, authorities said. They had to take small boats out with pumps and draft from the surrounding water. No one was injured and the cause had yet to be determined.
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