Crews use boats to help residents amid Midwest flooding

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 24, 2018

Emergency crews help evacuate residents Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind. Crews are using boats to help northern in residents amid flooding from melting snow and heavy rain moving across the Midwest.

Flood advisories were in effect until at least Sunday for low-lying parts of eastern Texas northeast across the region into southern OH and in Michigan, Indiana and IL, the National Weather Service said. The American Red Cross said it has opened eight shelters in northern in, where crews used boats to help residents evacuate their homes.

The flooding began this week, after heavy rain and melting snow combined to swell local rivers. It was restarted later at limited capacity. "Seeing what happened, just nearly made me cry". City officials there recommended that those living in flood zones to evacuate by early Thursday afternoon.

"This city has not seen flooding like this in the last 45 years", Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said during a news conference, the Elkhart Truth reported.

"Be careful if you're trying to come to campus, " Schor said, noting the river was at its highest level since 1975.

In Indiana, homes and streets were flooded in the South Bend area, and forecasters predicted the St. Joseph River wouldn't crest until Thursday.

The National Weather Service also issued flood warnings for parts of Missouri and Texas.

Homes and streets also were flooded in the South Bend area of in, and forecasters predicted that the swollen St. Joseph River wouldn't crest until Thursday.

"Changing conditions are affecting not only the roads but sidewalks and walkways, " he said.

Indiana Michigan Power says it's working with local officials and first responders to safely disconnect power to customers in flooded areas.

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 Red Cedar River, measured at the Farm Lane bridge, normally averages a depth of four to five feet, Interim President John Engler said in an email to the community Wednesday evening.

Also, they said snow accumulations and ice will cover the central Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes on Thursday and Friday. The weather was been blamed for hundreds of vehicle crashes and several deaths.

State police said a 1-year-old girl was found dead Wednesday in standing water from rains and snowmelt in her backyard in central Michigan's Fairplain Township.

In Chicago, residents near the Illinois River were told to evacuate at least through Thursday.

Continued flooding across northern IN has caused widespread road closures and warnings that it could take several days for high waters to recede. And the National Weather Service says a number of MI rivers could see record levels in the coming days. Fear of the rising river also prompted the evacuation of a nursing home in Ottawa.

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