Crews focus on pond in their search

first_imgEVANSVILLE, Ind. – Crews began draining a pond next to a smashed mobile-home park in a search for bodies Monday after a twister ripped through Indiana and Kentucky and killed at least 22 people. The tornado struck early Sunday with winds estimated at more than 200 mph, reducing houses to splinters and obliterating mobile homes. At least 18 people died at the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park in Evansville, and four others were killed in neighboring Warrick County. Dozens remained hospitalized. A list of some 200 people feared missing from the mobile home park had been whittled down to a couple of dozen by late Monday afternoon, Eric Williams, Vanderburgh County chief deputy sheriff. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After turning over debris in the mobile home park and listening for signs of life in the ruins, searchers turned their attention to the drainage pond, where four bodies were found over the weekend. Crews broke the pond’s containment walls to lower the water level, finding one body around midday Monday, and began pumping out the rest of the water. “It is the one spot in this area that we have not thoroughly searched because it is under water,” Williams said. The death toll was put at 22 on Sunday, then was lowered to 21 early Monday. It was raised back to 22 with the discovery of the body in the pond. State officials said nearly 600 homes in the two Indiana counties were destroyed or heavily damaged. Gov. Mitch Daniels declared a state of emergency and asked the federal government for disaster assistance. last_img

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