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Knee deep in flood water, Crittenden County, Ark., Deputy Darryn Richardson wades through his apartment to retrieve his hunting rifles Wednesday in West Memphis, Ark., where most of the ground-floor units were flooded by storm runoff. West Memphis was declared a disaster area by the state as rains continued to pound the mid-south.

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At least 16 dead in second day of storms

A wave of thunderstorms with winds blowing near hurricane force strafed the South on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people from Arkansas to Alabama, including a father struck by a tree while protecting his daughter at a Mississippi campsite.

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