Oklahoma governor to tour state; Oil slick adds to woes in Kansas

(AP) -- Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry and other state officials will tour flood-ravaged areas today.

According to a statement from his office, Henry will meet with flood victims if weather conditions allow the helicopter to land.

Torrential rains pushed several northeast Oklahoma rivers out of their banks yesterday, flooding streets, homes and businesses and forcing thousands of residents to flee rising water. It's been raining more than two weeks.

The Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management says 200 to 250 homes statewide have been damaged.

It's not much better in Kansas where President Bush has declared a major disaster for 17 flooded counties.

An oil spill in Kansas added to the misery yesterday. A weekend pumping malfunction sent 42-thousand gallons of crude oil into a swollen river in south-central Kansas.


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