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More Flooding For East Texas

A new round of flooding swamped parts of Texas, leading officials in one county to declare a fresh disaster area in the hard-hit Plains.

Smith County officials made a disaster declaration Sunday night, asking for state and federal aid. They say flooding has caused about $200,000 worth of damage to their eastern Texas county.

"We still have areas that are dangerous," county Commissioner Bill McGinnis told a Tyler television station. "We have barricaded those off. We beg people not to go around those barricades because it is just so extremely dangerous to do that."

The search for a 26-year-old man missing since his raft capsized on the rain-swollen Trinity River near Fort Worth resumed Monday morning, said Kent Worley, spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Teams had shifted their search from a rescue mission to a recovery, Worley said. "Water moving at 4 miles an hour is extremely fast" — too fast for divers, he said. The current usually moves at 1 mph.

Otherwise, the situation was getting better in the Fort Worth area.

"The lakes are still full, the rivers are running fairly quickly, but for the general neighborhood that had been suffering these particular flooding situations, that has definitely subsided," Worldy told CBS News.

In central Texas, some homes in low-lying areas were flooded in Hico, about 100 miles southwest of Dallas. No injuries were reported, but some major roads into the town were closed.

"We have really got some major flooding," Hico Mayor Lavern Tooley said Sunday evening. "It just did not let up."

Rivers in Kansas and Oklahoma have been receding from record flood crests, revealing millions of dollars in damage to thousands of homes and businesses, in addition to the 1,000 or so damaged in central and northern Texas.

At least 17 deaths, most in Texas, have been blamed on storms and flooding that have plagued the southern Plains since early June.

In Miami, Okla., one of the hardest-hit areas, City Manager Mike Spurgeon said officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency told him that 647 structures in the Ottawa County town had been affected by flooding from the Neosho River and Tar Creek, including 236 considered destroyed.