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More Flooding Expected After Storms in Central US Leave 13 Dead

More flooding is expected in the central United States from a storm that killed 13 people and forced hundreds to flee their homes due to high water.

Storms swept across the nation's midsection dropping up to 30 centimeters of rain over a two-day period that ended Wednesday.

Weather experts warn that more heavy flooding is expected as waterways swell to potentially record levels in the next few days.

The flooding has stretched across the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Texas.

President Bush has declared Missouri a disaster area, qualifying the state for emergency funding.

The dead include an 81-year-old man in Missouri, whose body was pulled from the floodwaters. In Illinois, two bodies were found after floodwaters swept away a truck, while heavy rains in Kentucky are blamed for a highway accident that killed five people. In Texas, a search was under way for a teenager who was swept into a drainage pipe by the floodwaters.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.