Floods kill 2 in Arkansas

Residents of Oak Glen Residential Community are assisted by rescue personnel as rising waters from a nearby creek forced them to evacuate their homes on Monday, April 25, 2011, in Johnson, Ark.
AP Photo/Beth Hall

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas authorities say a woman was killed when floodwaters swept her minivan off a roadway, and another was killed in a hard-hit area.

Kelly Cantrell of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said the victim tried to cross water flowing across Arkansas 265 in the Fayetteville area when she was swept into the Illinois River. The woman's 11-year-old son survived.

The dead woman was identified as 38-year-old Consuelo Santillano of West Fork.

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Cantrell said the woman's minivan stalled in the water and was swept into the river. The spokeswoman said Santillano got out of the van and her body was found about 150 yards from the vehicle.

Authorities also report a second fatality in hard-hit Vilonia, reports Arkansas Online.

Storms have ripped through parts of middle America for weeks. Heavy rain Monday pelted an area from northeast Texas to Kentucky