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Reagan declares Arizona federal disaster area

President Reagan declared Arizona a major disaster area Wednesday. Embittered flood victims complained of the way state authorities have handled the storm crisis that left 15 dead, thousands homeless, and caused damage estimated at about $300 million. Reagan's declaration will bring federal reconstruction funds to the state.

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In Tucson, flood victims questioned why city and county officials had permitted residential development so close to desert washes that turned into torrents of flood water.