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RIVER CREST SURGES SOUTH, LEAVING DEATH, HAVOC BEHIND

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A record flood crest on the rain-swollen Trinity River surged southward toward the Gulf of Mexico Monday, threatening to swamp rural areas along the way after devastating a Dallas suburb.

Emergency workers helped sandbag rising streams in Arkansas, and a reservoir on the Texas-Oklahoma line that flooded shoreline homes reached a record height and kept rising.The death toll from the flooding caused by last week's thunderstorms stood at six Monday, all in Texas. Twelve Texas deaths have been blamed on weather in the past several weeks.

The Red Cross in Texas counted 723 dwellings destroyed and more than 2,000 damaged in the past two weeks by the state's most serious flooding since 1908.

Alester Crumbley said this is the third time in a year his home has been flooded. He moved back in two weeks ago after spending $11,000 and several months rebuilding from two floods last year.

"I don't think I'll be able to do it again, I'm so deep in debt," he said.

North Texas has had 22.06 inches of rainfall in the first four months of 1990, the most since 1922. As much as 7 inches of rain fell within 24 hours in some areas in past days.

In Dallas, the Red Cross has opened shelters for evacuees since heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes swept across north Texas a week ago. Through the weekend, about 1,500 people had been sheltered and more than 12,000 meals served, the Red Cross said.

In Arkansas, the worst of the flooding is expected in the Little Rock area on Tuesday, when the Arkansas River likely will crest, said Gary Talley of the state Office of Emergency Services.