Midwest storms flood homes, leave 11 dead, thousands powerless

By The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Stormy weather blamed for 11 deaths in the Midwest and South subsided on Sunday, though residents in some states remained shut out of their homes due to high waters.

Flood warnings remained in effect for parts of Arkansas, Kentucky and Missouri. Many Kentucky roads were still submerged Sunday, but waters in many areas began to recede.

“It looks like everything’s kind of quieting down, and things are being handled on the local level right now,” said Buddy Rogers, a spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management in Frankfort.

The storms that hit parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee Friday and Saturday stranded people in cars, forced others from their homes and left thousands without power. The death toll in Kentucky reached eight.

In the southern Illinois’ Williamson County, authorities say lightening was the apparent cause of a weekend house fire that killed two women, ages 89 and 73, before dawn Saturday.

The National Weather Service reported that areas of Kentucky received at least 5 inches of rain, with isolated regions getting close to 10 inches.

Over 24 hours, parts of northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri received more than 10 inches of rain, the weather service reported.

LG&E;, Kentucky’s largest electricity provider, said power was restored to its nearly 1,300 customers who were cut off by the storm.