States face flooding, other problems in Midwest amid storms

Elias Hubbard
February 24, 2018

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

In Elkhart County, Ind., where Goshen is located, the Elkhart River measured 5 1/2 feet above flood stage by late Wednesday afternoon, officials said, prompting first responders to make 100 rescues and evacuations.

"While the rain has stopped, we are expecting significant flooding", Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said. He added the state of emergency allows the city to "proactively provide the necessary information and resources to protect our residents".

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for parts of several states in the central and southern US, spanning from Texas to IL and OH to Arkansas, where strong winds topped power lines and damages buildings.

Firefighters in Lake Station, Indiana, about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, evacuated some residents Wednesday after about 2 to 3 feet of water surrounded 15 to 20 homes.

In Illinois, the authorities issued an evacuation order Wednesday for residents in Marseilles who live near the Illinois River. The National Weather Service says some areas near Little Rock have seen 6 inches of rain over the past day, and more is in the forecast.

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

Sandbags are holding back floodwaters in parts of MI as a storm sweeps across the Midwest and Great Plans, bringing heavy rains, snow, and ice.

The storm system started pushing heavy rain, snow and ice into the region earlier this week, affecting roads and other low-lying areas. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb toured flood-ravaged parts of northern Indiana on Friday.

The National Weather Service said the area most at risk of flooding was along the western side of the state, near the Mississippi River.

Along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, 32-year-old Michael Ezzo told the newspaper that he was grateful to have flood insurance.

Winter weather advisories are in effect for an area stretching from southwestern IL to Texas.

The U.S. Southern Plains and Midwest braced for more flooding on Thursday as snow-melting temperatures and heavy rains swelled waterways after claiming the lives of at least two people, including a child, and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. Fear of the rising river also prompted the evacuation of a nursing home in Ottawa.

In southwestern MI, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports continued flooding, with the Kalamazoo River at Comstock Township expected to rise until Saturday night.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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