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Midwest Flooding: People Evacuated From Homes In Boats

Homes and streets also were flooded in the South Bend area of Indiana, and forecasters predicted that the swollen St. Joseph River wouldn't crest until Thursday. Firefighters in Lake Station, Indiana, about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, evacuated some ...

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ELKHART, IN — Dangerous flooding in the Midwest forced people to evacuate their homes and businesses in boats as heavy rain swelled rivers and melted snowNow, shelters have opened to help the victims.Flood warnings were in effect across a wide swath of the central and southern United States, from Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio to Texas and LouisianaThe American Red Cross opened eight shelters in northern Indiana, where people were evacuated by emergency crews in boatsStates of emergency were declared in Elkhart and nearby Goshen and local officials asked that traffic be limited to first responders and emergency staffIndiana University-South Bend canceled Thursday classes, and residents of a student apartment complex were urged to leave"I ended up grabbing my favorite blanket and stuffed animals," 15-year-old Madison Schmidt, who was evacuated from her home in Elkhart to a shelter at a church, told The Elkhart Truth newspaper"I got into the boatSeeing what happened, just almost made me cry." In Michigan, states of emergency were declared in the Lansing area as officials recommended the evacuations of several neighborhoodsCity officials said anyone living in the possible flood areas should temporarily leave their home by midday Thursday"While the rain has stopped, we are expecting significant flooding," Lansing Mayor Andy Schor saidFlooding also hit nearby Michigan State University, where some roads, parking lots and athletic fields were covered by water from the Red Cedar River that runs through its East Lansing campusClasses in several buildings have been 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 that the river was at its highest levels since 1975"Changing conditions are affecting not only the roads but sidewalks and walkways." The National Weather Service predicted the Grand River in Lansing would crest by late Thursday at 14.6 feet, nearly 3 feet above flood stageThe Red Cedar River was forecast to crest at 10.3 feetThe storm system started pushing heavy rain, snow and ice into the region this week, affecting roads and other low-lying areasThe weather was been blamed for hundreds of car crashes and several deaths, including a crash that killed four people along a slippery interstate in NebraskaIn central Michigan's Fairplain Township, a 1-year-old girl was found dead Wednesday in standing water from rains and snowmelt in her backyardHomes and streets also were flooded in the South Bend area of Indiana, and forecasters predicted that the swollen StJoseph River wouldn't crest until ThursdayFirefighters in Lake Station, Indiana, about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, evacuated some residents Wednesday after 15 to 20 homes were surrounded by about 2 to 3 feet of waterIn Illinois, authorities issued an evacuation order Wednesday for residents in the city of Marseilles who live near the Illinois RiverFear of the rising river also prompted the evacuation of a nursing home in OttawaTwo days of rain in southern Wisconsin swelled waterways, leading to a handful of high-water rescues for people stranded in their vehiclesPhoto credit: Shutterstock.comSubscribe Back to the South Bend Patch More from South Bend PatchUp next on South Bend Patch Silver Alert Issued For Missing Richmond Man ArmMeWith Movement Rejects Giving Teachers Guns: 10 Better Ideas If You Only Have One Tool In Your Toolbox, Make It This One ga("send", "event", "taboola", "served", "impression", 1, { "nonInteraction": 1 }); if (mobile_detect.is_phone) { window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-b', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Mobile Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); } else { window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-a', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); } window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush: true}); var disqus_shortname = "patchmedia"; var disqus_identifier = "27482249"; var disqus_title = "Midwest Flooding: People Evacuated From Homes In Boats"; var disqus_url = ""; jQuery(document).ready(function() { jQuery('#show-disqus, .btn-comment-now').on('click', function(event){ jQuery.ajax({ type: "GET", url: "", dataType: "script", cache: true }); jQuery('#comments-guidelines').show(); !== 'show-disqus' && jQuery('html, body').animate({ scrollTop: jQuery('#disqus_thread').offset().top - 220 }, 1000); jQuery('#show-disqus').slideUp(); return false; }); location.hash === '#comments' && jQuery('#show-disqus').click(); }); Show Comments Patch Community Guidelines Patch welcomes contributions and comments from our usersWe strive for civil, enlightened discussions on Patch stories and local issuesPlease abide by our posting standards: Be civil No profanity No personal attacks or insults Stay on topic Users who violate our posting rules will have their comments blocked or deletedUsers who flagrantly violate our standards can be banned at the moderator's discretion. × What are Featured Events? 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