Death toll rises as Oklahoma recovers from flooding

Oklahoma City (AP) _ The death toll from flooding in Oklahoma since the weekend is now up to seven.  The number went up as the state medical examiner's office says the death of a high school cross country runner this week is due to drowning.

The body of 17-year-old Phillip Jones was recovered from rain-swollen Lake Overholser yesterday.  He disappeared Wednesday after being swept into the lake while trying to cross a flooded trail.  Five of the other six victims drowned when their cars were swept away by flood waters. The other victim drowned in her cellar when it flooded.

Twenty-four counties remain under a state of emergency declared by Governor Brad Henry and the governor is asking for a Federal Disaster declaration for Blaine, Caddo and Kingfisher counties.

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