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Pond drained in search for tornado victims

I suspect that Indiana authorities are missing people in the Evansville area, despite their statements today.

From the AP:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. Nov 8, 2005 — Search teams focused on a pond full of wreckage Tuesday as they made sure there were no more victims of the huge tornado that smashed homes in the Ohio Valley while people were still asleep.

The twister killed at least 22 people as it slashed through Indiana and Kentucky early Sunday with wind estimated at more than 200 mph.

Crews on Tuesday were draining a pond near the Eastbrook Mobile Home Park, which was obliterated by the twister. Indiana officials said emergency sirens sounded twice before the tornado struck, but many in the mobile home park said they did not hear them.

Army Reserve officers overseeing the pumping of the pond said it could be early Wednesday before the four-acre reservoir was completely drained. Residents likely would not be allowed to return to the area until Wednesday.

Four bodies were found in the pond Sunday, and another was found Monday. However, although the pond was full of debris from the mobile home park, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth said more victims were not likely there.

"I don't think we're going to find anybody," Ellsworth said Tuesday. He said investigators had found everyone on a list of roughly 200 people initially feared missing from the mobile home park.


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