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Fay forces more people to flee homes

THE NATION : National Briefing / FLORIDA

August 25, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Flooding left behind by Tropical Storm Fay forced residents in parts of northern Florida out of their homes, while the storm's remnants were forecast to dump several inches of rain on at least four other states.

Officials ferried people by boat from homes in DeBary, 25 miles north of Orlando -- where some streets were under 4 feet of water -- and flooded neighborhoods in and around Tallahassee.

Fay made landfall a record four times in Florida before it was downgraded to a tropical depression late Saturday. The storm caused widespread flooding as it zigzagged across Florida for nearly a week.

Fay has been blamed for 13 deaths in the U.S., 11 in Florida and one each in Alabama and Georgia. A total of 23 died in Haiti and the Dominican Republic from flooding.

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