Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Shelters open to house evacuated residents across Midwest

Shelters open to house evacuated residents across Midwest

Flood warnings are in effect Wednesday for parts of northern IL and northern in, along with southern Wisconsin and much of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The American Red Cross has opened several shelters in northern in, while MI officials are recommending the evacuations of some neighborhoods.

Officials in northern Indiana's largest city were forced to shut down its wastewater treatment plant as it was swamped by flooding from a record-high river crest caused by heavy rain and melting snow in parts of the Midwest. Officials haven't yet estimated the extent of building damage.

Sandbags are holding back floodwaters in parts of MI as a storm sweeps across the Midwest and Great Plans, bringing heavy rains, snow and ice.

Indiana University South Bend canceled Thursday's classes, and residents of a student apartment complex surrounded by water were encouraged to leave. Mayor Andy Schor declared a state of emergency for the city in anticipation of flooding in residential areas. The weather was being blamed for hundreds of auto crashes and several deaths, including a crash that killed four people on a slippery interstate in Nebraska. At least six neighborhoods are expected to experience flooding.

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Parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula are seeing flooding and road closures. "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 auto that was submerged in a ditch in IL, local media reported.

In Illinois, the authorities issued an evacuation order Wednesday for residents in Marseilles who live near the Illinois River. Fire department crews were unable to reach the two because of high water.

And rain inundated parts of the Deep South Thursday.

Residents in Mississippi's Delta region are bracing for a flood threat that's expected to continue through Saturday night. The National Weather Service says up to eight inches of rain have fallen in parts of northern in since Monday.

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