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Deadly Flooding in the Midwest, South Sends Hundreds into Shelters; Emergency Declared in Lansing, Michigan


At least three deaths have been reported. Water rescues have been reported from Texas to Michigan, and roads have been shut down. Hundreds have been forced from their homes and into shelters across the Midwest and South as floodwaters continue to rise ...


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twitterCreated with Sketch.emailCreated with Sketch.Next ArticleSmoke-Filled Andes Mountain Valleys Seen in Stunning Photo from 2016 Just Released by NASANewsDeadly Flooding in the Midwest, South Sends Hundreds into Shelters; Emergency Declared in Lansing, MichiganBy Ada Carr and Sean Breslin4 days agoweather.com01:23Flood Risk Continues from South to MidwestMeteorologist Heather Tesch looks at a flood risk that is continuing to affect the Southeast through the Midwest.At a GlanceRain from Winter Storm Oliver has melted snow and triggered deadly flooding in parts of several regions.The mayor of Lansing, Michigan, has declared an emergency ahead of expected flooding.At least three deaths have been reported.Water rescues have been reported from Texas to Michigan, and roads have been shut down. This article is no longer being updatedFor the latest impacts, click here. Hundreds have been forced from their homes and into shelters across the Midwest and South as floodwaters continue to rise following days of rainfall and snowmelt accelerated by milder conditions, killing at least three people. In numerous towns from Texas to Michigan, homes have been turned into islands and school days have been canceled because there's no way to get to the buildingIn Lansing, Michigan, Mayor Andy Schor declared a state of emergency Wednesday night as the city prepares to be one of a myriad of towns impacted by rising floodwaters. At least six Lansing neighborhoods were issued voluntary evacuations in areas where the Grand River was expected to overtake homes, according to the Associated Press. (MORE: After Flooding Rains, Severe Weather Next?) At least three deaths have been blamed on the floodsA 1-year-old girl was found dead in standing water in her family's Michigan backyard Wednesday, state police told the APThe child reportedly wandered away from her home in Fairplain Township and entered the water. Another death was reported Wednesday near Stilwell, Oklahoma, when 53-year-old Victor French attempted to drive across a flooded bridge and was swept off the road, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol announced. Illinois State Police said a 52-year-old woman died early Tuesday morning when her vehicle rolled into a flooded ditch and was submerged along Illinois Route 45 near Peotone, the Chicago Tribune reported. Peotone Fire Chief William Schreiber told the Tribune that several other vehicles were recovered from the flooded intersection, but they didn't discover this particular car until hours later. "At five o'clock in the morning, it was darkWe could not see that vehicle," Schreiber told the TribunePeotone is located about 45 miles south of Chicago. Texas Residents had to be removed from their flooded homes near White Rock Creek in Dallas as water levels rose rapidly late Tuesday night, according to the National Weather ServiceNortheast of Dallas, many roads were flooded in the Wylie area Tuesday night, the NWS also said. In Dallas, rescue crews have been searching for people who may have been inside of a white vehicle that was seen floating in the Trinity River Wednesday, NBCDFW.com reportsPolice say a witness told them they spotted the car driving into the water before it was swept awayDive teams are currently searching the waterway.  Power outages have also been reported in the Lone Star StateAs of Wednesday night, more than 23,000 were without power, according to PowerOutage.us.   Arkansas More than a dozen students had to be rescued Wednesday after their school bus ran off the road and became stuck in flooding in a rural area of North Little Rock, according to the APCounty employees were able to rescue the children using a truck, the report added. No injuries were reported, the AP also saidSome school districts were closed in Arkansas because of the flooding, but Little Rock schools remained open Wednesday, KTHV-TV reported. Illinois As the Illinois River continued to rise Wednesday morning, residents in the town of Marseilles who live near the waterway were told to evacuate by the afternoonThe town southwest of Chicago has a population of about 5,000. Indiana Flooding problems were reported in several parts of the Hoosier State, and in Elkhart County, crews in boats rescued residents from a dozen homes along the Baugo Creek, according to AP. "I ended up grabbing my favorite blanket and stuffed animals," 15-year-old Madison Schmidt, who was forced to evacuate from her Elkhart home, told the Elkhart Truth"I got into the boatSeeing what happened, just almost made me cry." For this town located 15 miles east of South Bend, it has been decades since flooding of this magnitude has been observed. "This city has not seen flooding like this in the last 45 years," Mayor Tim Neese told the Elkhart Truth"We also had record snowfall in addition to consistent rain." (MORE: You Probably Don't Know This About Flooding Disasters) In the city of Goshen, officials declared a local state of emergency and requested traffic be limited to emergency personnel, according to AP. In the northwestern town of Lake Station, authorities evacuated residents away from floodwaters Wednesday afternoon, according to CBS ChicagoAt least seven Red Cross shelters have been opened in northern Indiana to house evacuees. Because of flooding along the Ohio River, the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino and Hotel in Elizabeth announced a temporary closure for the first time since 2015, WDRB.com reportedThere was no timetable for the hotel's reopening. Michigan An ice jam on the Rifle River caused flooding in Arenac County Wednesday as it caused the waterway to overflow, ABC12.com reportedFour families had to be rescued from their homes in Pinnacle Park. Flooding in Michigan's Lower Peninsula prompted the closure of many roads Tuesday as they were overtaken by floodwatersAlong the Muskegon River, some residents in Croton Township were urged to evacuate their homes and stay away from flooded areas, the AP reported via MLive.comSome schools in mid-Michigan were closed Wednesday because of the flooding, the AP also said. (MORE: Temperatures Plunge 21 Degrees in Four Minutes in Oklahoma City) A state of emergency was declared in Clare County Tuesday and three of the county's major school districts were shut down due to the flooding, MLive.com also said. South of Grand Rapids, a train derailment was reported along the Grand Elk Railroad at about 9:45 p.mEST Tuesday night in the town of Wyoming, according to MLive.comThe derailment, which was blamed on a compromised track that had been washed out by flooding, occurred near U.S131, WZZM-TV reported. A report from the NWS said the train conductor noticed the compromised track, but was unable to stop the train before it derailedTwo railroad employees were injured during the derailment, but only one was hospitalized, WZZM also said. Ohio In the Cincinnati area, the Ohio River remained swollen, and officials prepared for additional rainfall. 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