Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Crews use boats to help residents amid Midwest flooding

Warnings and advisories in effect at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday Warnings and advisories in effect at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday
Anna Jefferson | 24 February, 2018, 00:51

Cities and towns opened shelters for people forced from their homes by flooding in IN and MI on Thursday, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continued to rise in the Midwest.

The American Red Cross says it has opened eight shelters in northern in, where crews used boats to help residents evacuate their homes.

Local officials declared a state of emergency in three local cities and asked that traffic be limited to first responders and emergency personnel. Schools were closed in the northern in city because of the flooding, and an emergency shelter was set up, The Elkhart Truth newspaper reported.

More rainfall is expected from Texas to OH over the next few days, on top of ground that's already saturated from prior days of excessive rain, the National Weather Service said.

Crews in central Arkansas rescued 17 students after a school bus drove off the road and got stuck in floodwaters. No one was hurt.

Flood warnings were in effect across a wide swath of the central and southern United States - from Wisconsin, Illinois, and OH to Texas and Louisiana.

Flood warnings are in effect Wednesday across several states, spanning from Texas to Ohio.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said Wednesday that about 19 people had been evacuated from homes in low-lying residential areas. He says sandbags are being made available. Also, they said snow accumulations and ice will cover the central Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes on Thursday and Friday.

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"We are still expecting heavy rain and flash flooding at least through the end of the week", the National Weather Service said in a Tweet regarding the region.

In southwestern MI, sandbags were filled to protect homes and businesses in the village of Mattawan as the Mattawan Creek rose above its banks.

The National Weather Service predicts the Grand River in Lansing will crest at 14.6 feet, almost three feet above flood stage by late Thursday.

The Coast Guard said Thursday it is assisting local authorities in house-to-house rescues and evacuations along the St. Joseph River.

Winter weather advisories are in effect for an area stretching from southwestern IL to Texas. Fear of the rising river also prompted the evacuation of an Ottawa nursing home.

Flooding also hit nearby Michigan State University, where roads, parking lots, and athletic fields were covered by water from the Red Cedar River, which runs through its East Lansing campus.

The weather service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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