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UPDATE: Mississippi Delta residents prepare for flooding

Residents in Mississippi's Delta region are bracing for a flood threat ... Shelters were open Thursday to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in the Midwest, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in Indiana ...

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ELKHART, Ind(AP) — 3:15 p.m. The Coast Guard says it has rescued more than 40 people and their pets from flooded neighborhoods in southwestern Michigan. The Coast Guard said Thursday it's helping local authorities conduct house-to-house rescues and evacuations along the StJoseph River. In one case Thursday morning, it said its StJoseph, Michigan, station was asked to check on two people living in a mandatory evacuation zone in Sodus Township, about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) east of the city of StJosephFire department crews were unable to reach the two because of high water. A Coast Guard crew arrived on scene and helped the two people from their flooded home. Crews from the Michigan City, Indiana, station also have participated in the rescues. ___ 11:30 a.m. Residents in Mississippi's Delta region are bracing for a flood threat that's expected to continue through Saturday night. The National Weather Service said the area most at risk of flooding is along the western side of the state, near the Mississippi River.

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