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April 19, 2013

Inola home destroyed, train cars blown off tracks



"This is a short time frame we have to prepare for it," Calvin said. "That doesn't make it any easier."
Strong storms rolled through the St. Louis area during the morning rush Thursday, snarling traffic with water over several roadways. Winds up to 60 mph caused scattered damage.
In Chicago, the storm-swollen Chicago River was being allowed to flow into Lake Michigan, in part to relieve sewer backups downtown and in neighborhoods. The river was diverted away from the lake more than a century ago to keep pollution out of the lake, the source of the city's drinking water. Meanwhile, workers were furiously filling sandbags and putting up barricades along the north branch of the Chicago River in the Albany Park neighborhood.
Making flood concerns even worse: Forecasters are calling for the heavy rain to continue in many places into Friday morning.

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