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Ohio Storms Kill 2, Teen Missing

July 18, 2001

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LOVELAND, Ohio (AP) _ Thunderstorms dumped up to 6 inches of rain on the city, killing a man and his daughter and knocking out power to 26,000 customers.

The deluge also swept away a 16-year-old girl who was missing and believed dead Wednesday, authorities said. She was among four people in a sport utility vehicle that was caught by high water. The others got out safely but she tumbled into deep water and was washed under a bridge.

``If she got caught on something, she could be along the river bank,″ said Hamilton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dale Honnert. ``If she didn’t, she could be almost to the Ohio River by now. The water was flowing that hard.″

Officers searched by helicopter Wednesday after firefighters walked the bank of the creek and found no sign of the girl.

Authorities in suburban Fairfax said the bodies of Ronald Davenport, 48, and his 21-year-old daughter, Anna, were found in 7 feet of water after a nearby creek knocked in part of a wall and flooded their basement late Tuesday. Authorities were unsure whether the two had drowned or were struck by the collapsing wall.

Flooding also forced residents to flee several mobile home parks.

The storms knocked out power to 26,000 homes and businesses. Cinergy Corp. said electric service had been restored Wednesday to all but about 2,000 customers in Ohio and neighboring northern Kentucky.

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