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Flooding in the Midwest, South Worsens; Water Rises at Michigan State University; Evacuations as Far South as Dallas


For thousands who live near waterways from Texas to Michigan, persistent flooding was expected to continue through the weekend, worsening in some areas before it gets better. In numerous towns from the South to the Midwest, homes have been turned into ...


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twitterCreated with Sketch.emailCreated with Sketch.Next ArticleU.SArmy Top Engineer 'Not Satisfied' with Puerto Rico Recovery; Territory to Get 'Proper' Death CountNewsFlooding in the Midwest, South Worsens; Water Rises at Michigan State University; Evacuations as Far South as DallasBy Ada Carr and Sean Breslin10 hours 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 and snowmelt has triggered deadly flooding in parts of the Midwest and South.Flooding was reported on the campus of Michigan State University.Residents in suburban Dallas were evacuated because of floodwaters.At least three deaths have been reported. For thousands who live near waterways from Texas to Michigan, persistent flooding was expected to continue through the weekend, worsening in some areas before it gets better. In numerous towns from the South to the Midwest, homes have been turned into islands and school days have been canceled because there's no way to get to the buildingIn East Lansing, Michigan, floodwaters rose on the campus of Michigan State University because of the swollen Red Cedar River, causing some classes to be moved to non-flooded areas. "Be careful if you're trying to come to campus," said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, as reported by the Associated Press"Changing conditions are affecting not only the roads but sidewalks and walkways." At least six Lansing neighborhoods were issued voluntary evacuations in areas where the Grand River was expected to overtake homes, the AP also said. (MORE: After Flooding Rains, Severe Weather Next?) So far, 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. Arkansas Major flooding was reported in parts of central Arkansas as floodwaters continued to rise FridayIn Pulaski County, where numerous roads were closed, the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District canceled classes Friday because of widespread flooding, KATV.com reported. State highways in at least 13 counties were impacted by flooding statewide, according to ArkansasMatters.com. 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 the 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) South Bend's water treatment plant was forced to shut down Wednesday because of the flooding but had a limited reopening Thursday, the city saidThis caused some untreated sewage to be released into the StJoseph River, the AP reported. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg declared an emergency for the city because of the floodsIn the city of Goshen, officials declared a local state of emergency and requested traffic be limited to emergency personnel, the AP also said. In the northwestern town of Lake Station, authorities evacuated residents away from floodwaters Wednesday afternoon, according to CBS ChicagoFive Red Cross shelters remain open in northern Indiana to house evacueesThe Red Cross told weather.com that a total of 28 people stayed in these shelters Thursday night; two shelters were open in Illinois, while four shelters in Michigan kept 54 evacuees overnight. 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. GovEric Holcomb surveyed flood damage in northern Indiana Friday, according to the AP. 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. In Ottawa, volunteers came to the aid of employees at the LaSalle County Nursing Home when they requested help evacuating residents from the facility Tuesday night, NPR reported. Michigan Residents had to be evacuated in parts of Niles Thursday after the StJoseph River surpassed a 50-year high, MLive.com reportedThe waterway crested at roughly 17.33 feet. "The last time it reached 15 feet in Niles was April 5, 1950," National Weather Service meteorologist Megan Dodson told MLive.com. Coast Guard officials said Thursday that they rescued over 40 people and their pets from flooded homes, according to the AP. 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. (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, according to MLive.com.  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, MLive also reportedThe 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. In Lansing, residents worked tirelessly to keep the water out of their homes, but some have been overwhelmed by the amount of water that has invaded. "After the water started coming into the basement, there was just nothing we could do," resident Michael Ezzo told the Lansing State Journal. Ohio In the Cincinnati area, the Ohio River remained swollen, and officials prepared for additional rainfall. Many roads have been closed in and around the city because of the flooding; WCPO.com has a complete list. 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. Texas About 20 homes had to be evacuated in southern Rockwall – a Dallas suburb about 20 miles northeast of the city – after Rockwall Lake overflowed Thursday, the AP reportedNobody was injured, though several homes were flooded, the report added. 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 NWSNortheast 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. <img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/ap_18053680524398.jpg?v=at&w=485&h=273&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/ap_18053680524398.jpg?v=at&w=485&h=273&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0 400w, https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/ap_18053680524398.jpg?v=ap&w=980&h=551&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0 800w" >1 of 179Homes along Lake Street in Comstock are flooded as the level of the Kalamazoo River rises Thursday, Feb22, 2018 in Kalamazoo, MichSevere and record-breaking flooding is predicted for the Kalamazoo River at Comstock, the National Weather Service Grand Rapids said ThursdayThe Kalamazoo River is expected to rise to near 11.4 feet by late Saturday night, according to the weather service(Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our livesThis story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.Most Popular<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/eshima1.jpeg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >World's Weirdest Bridges (PHOTOS)<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/ap_17365744308359_5.jpg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >Arctic Chill Grips U.S(PHOTOS)<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/924ba717-81b4-44bb-b14b-c85f931dc950.jpeg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >How Winter Fashion Has Changed in 100 Years (PHOTOS)<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/best_of_2017049_6.jpg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >weather.com's Best Photos of 2017<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/neuschwanstein2_0.jpg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >100 Places Straight Out of Fairy Tales (PHOTOS) <img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/ArchesNationalPark.jpg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >Amazing National Parks to Visit in Winter (PHOTOS)<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/27_newmexico-17860-jblackw796aol.com-0_0.jpg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >70 Amazing Winter Travel Destinations (PHOTOS)<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com//util/image/w/moraine_1_0.jpg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >2017 "It's Amazing Out There" Photo Contest: Best of Reflections<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/img_20170823_195750_880.jpg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >Photographing the Abandoned Homes Above the Arctic Circle (PHOTOS)<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com/util/image/w/14927305831_3119c57b8c_k.jpeg?v=at&w=1280&h=720&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >Strange Attractions You Can Only See In MichiganOn OurRadarTHE NEWSLETTERSign up to receive storm updates in our FREE daily newsletter.NBC News Headlines<img class="styles-A54tP4F3__noscript__12c_l" src="https://dsx.weather.com//util/image/w/whale-japan.jpg?v=at&w=320&h=180&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0" srcset="undefined" >Japan To Hunt For 333 WhalesA Breakthrough For Car Batteries?Beijing Smog Reaches New LevelMore Fun for Astronauts? 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