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Jeanne Hits Dominican Republic

September 18, 2004|From Reuters

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Residents climbed onto rooftops and into trees Friday to escape floods from Tropical Storm Jeanne, which killed people, swept away houses and forced 22,000 people to flee their homes, Dominican authorities said.

Jeanne, which also had killed two people in Puerto Rico this week, weakened to a tropical depression, but could strengthen again as it moves closer to the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

In the Dominican Republic, military helicopters sent to the flooded town of Ramon Santana could not land, but crews saw people on roofs and clinging to trees, said officials in the capital, Santo Domingo.

About 200 homes were swept away in Salcedo, north of Santo Domingo, when a river burst out its banks. An unknown number of people were missing, officials said.

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