Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Shelters open amid flooding in northern Indiana as rivers keep rising

Shelters open amid flooding in northern Indiana as rivers keep rising

"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.

Flood warnings are in effect for parts of several states Thursday, from Wisconsin, Illinois and OH to Texas and Louisiana. The Red Cross opened shelters to assist those in need.

The flooding forced hundreds of people to place sandbags around their property and flee their homes in small communities like Niles, Indiana and Marseilles, Illinois that sit on rivers, already beyond their flood stages, that were not expected to crest for days.

City officials recommend anyone living in the possible flood areas to temporarily leave their home by noon Thursday.

The Red Cedar River in East Lansing and the Grand River where it flows through Lansing began receding Friday, Feb. 23, after peaking Thursday.

About 50 miles northeast in Lansing, a state of emergency was declared Wednesday "due to imminent flooding in various neighborhoods".

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Waters receded in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana, but flooding remained there and elsewhere. Classes in several buildings were relocated and the school put up sand-filled barriers in an attempt to curb flooding.

"Be careful if you're trying to come to campus", Schor said Wednesday, noting the river was at its highest levels since 1975. Two days of rain in southern Wisconsin swelled waterways, leading to a handful of high-water rescues. "Changing conditions are affecting not only the roads but sidewalks and walkways".

A one-year-old girl died when she wandered into standing water in a backyard in Central Michigan and a 52-year-old woman was found dead in her vehicle that was submerged in a ditch in IL, local media reported. Fear of the rising river also prompted the evacuation of a nursing home in Ottawa.

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Moreover, light to moderate flooding is expected to continue over Ohio. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, North Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula are seeing flooding and road closures. Emergency responders are performing water rescues from Texas to MI, where roads are shut down, schools are being canceled and some homes are turning into islands.

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