May 4, 2011 Edition

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Floodwaters rush over a portion of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks, just southeast of Portia. Roads, fields and some structures were flooded during the past week throughout the county.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Damage assessment
ongoing process in flood

In most natural disasters, officials know immediately how bad the damage is, but in the case of flooding, assessment is more complicated.

Schools impacted by flooding

As floodwaters rose in Lawrence County, school districts had to make decisions about bus routes, some of which led to school dismissals.

Flood has major effects for farmers

In the last 30 days, parts of Lawrence County have received up to 20 inches of rain. For farmers, it couldn't have come at a worse time.

Red Cross shelter aids flood victims

An American Red Cross temporary shelter for flood victims at the Walnut Ridge Community Center remains open and had 10 occupants as of Tuesday evening. Vicky Davis, community center manager, said the shelter would remain open for several more days if needed.

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