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Toddler Dies in Ill. Flood

February 1, 2002

ANNA, Ill. (AP) _ A 3-year-old girl was found dead after floodwaters swept her from her grandmother’s arms as the woman tried to cross a stream near her home.

``Apparently, she thought it was too deep to drive through, so she attempted to carry (the girl) across,″ said Union County Sheriff Jim Nash. The child was swept away when the woman slipped and fell, he said.

About 200 emergency workers searched for the toddler for more than two hours before finding her body in a brush pile 200 yards downstream. Her name was not released.

Heavy rain has drenched much of southern Illinois since Tuesday, dumping up to 1.6 inches around Anna on Thursday alone.

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