Disaster Declared For Parts of Indiana


President Bush has declared nearly a third of Indiana's counties disaster areas.

A wave of storms left the state coping with one of the worst flooding disasters in modern history.

Underwater and now slowly drying, the White River is receding in Spencer, Indiana after cresting Sunday nearly 14 feet above flood stage. The frustration here is as thick as the humidity.

Two days after flash floods swamped the southern Indiana town, water still surrounds nearly two doezn homes near the river while others pump water out of flooded basements. County emergency management officials estimate that 90 homes took on water. The county's infrastructure was also damaged.

Law enforcement officials say that 42 culverts and bridges are damaged.

It could take up to 6 months to make the bridge safe. No one will even try to guess how long the recovery effort will take. For many homeownders, the priority is simply salvaging.

While the damage to homes in Spencer isn't as extensive as other cities and towns, it will clearly be months before the town returns to normal.

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