Oil plus floods turn Kansas town slimy

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) -- Officials in Kansas are asking people in Coffeyville to avoid the floodwaters that have been engulfing homes to the rooftops.

A slick of 42-thousand gallons of thick crude oil is floating downstream with the mud and debris, coating everything it touches with a slimy, smelly layer of goo.

A malfunction allowed the oil to spill from the Coffeyville Resources refinery on Sunday.

Officials say the U-S Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring the oil slick as it floats toward drinking water sources and recreation areas in Oklahoma.

Last night President Bush declared a major disaster in Kansas and ordered federal aid for recovery efforts.

Two men remain missing in Texas, where eleven deaths have been blamed on weeks of heavy rain and flooding. More thunderstorms hit parts of the state yesterday, flooding some roads.


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