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Florida is digging itself out of ruins

By United Press

Today -- the second anniversary of the disastrous hurricane that struck Florida in 1926 -- found that state slowly digging itself out of the ruins of the present storm which apparently has claimed 27 lives and jammed all hospitals with injured.

Back across the islands of the Caribbean there lies a 100-mile swath of death and destruction out of which a courageous people are rising to rebuild their homes and recoup their fortunes.

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Many dead in Okeechobee District

Five hundred persons are fleeing out of the Everglades today before the flood waters of Lake Okeechobee which have inundated the lowlands of central Florida.

Belleglade, Pahokee and Canal Point, communities near the lake, were reported to be almost entirely covered with water, residents of those towns are making their way toward West Palm Beach.

Reports reached here of possible heavy loss of life in the Lake Okeechobee district.

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