July 21, 1997 in Nation/World

Flooding Forces Scores To Flee After Hurricane

Compiled From Wire Services

Flooding caused by Hurricane Danny’s torrential rain forced scores of people to evacuate Sunday as rushing water washed out roads and poured through homes.

The storm, downgraded to a tropical depression as it weakened and drifted into the Florida Panhandle, left thousands without power, boats wrecked and homes damaged in southern Alabama. One death was blamed on the storm.

More than 30 inches of rain had fallen on the Alabama coast over three days, with even more concentrated on Mobile Bay, where Danny stalled for most of Saturday, the National Weather Service said. By comparison, the total rainfall for all of last year at Mobile’s airport was just over 66 inches.

Rescue teams using boats and Humvees evacuated scores of people from coastal communities Sunday.

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