Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018|10:58 a.m.
ELKHART, Ind.– Crews utilized boats to assist homeowners evacuate their homes in northern Indiana after rainstorms sweeping throughout the Midwest on Wednesday combined with melting snow to flood rivers, roads and other low-lying locations in numerous states.
The storm system beginning pushed heavy rain, snow and ice into the region today, and the weather has currently been blamed for numerous auto accident and several casualties, including the deaths of four individuals in a crash along a slippery interstate in Nebraska.
About 19 individuals had actually been evacuated from houses in Elkhart, a town just east of South Bend, by early Wednesday, stated Mayor Tim Neese. Regional schools were closed due to the fact that of the flooding and an emergency shelter was established to assist evacuees overnight, The Elkhart Reality newspaper reported.
“This city has not seen flooding like this in the last 45 years,” Neese stated. “We also had record snowfall in addition to consistent rain.”
Houses and streets also were flooded in the South Bend area, and forecasters predicted that the inflamed St. Joseph River wouldn’t crest until Thursday.
The National Weather Service has provided flood warnings for parts of several states in the central and southern U.S., spanning from Texas to Illinois and Ohio to Arkansas, where strong winds topped power lines and damages buildings. Winter season weather advisories likewise were issued, including in for Oklahoma and Kansas.
In Michigan, flooded streets stranded drivers and a school bus in Flint, and a washout from heavy rains may have triggered two freight train engines to thwart near Grand Rapids. No injuries were reported there.
Residents in Mattawan, in the southwestern part of the state, utilized sandbags to protect homes and businesses as a nearby river increased above its banks.
“We simply got to wait for it to decrease,” Terry Teeter, who installed pumps to keep water away from his home, informed WOOD-TV. “It’s going to be a few days like this.”
In Illinois, the fear of increasing water along the Illinois River required the evacuation late Tuesday of the LaSalle County Retirement Home in Ottawa. Two days of rain in southern Wisconsin swelled waterways, causing a handful of high-water saves for people stranded in their automobiles.
A 52-year-old female from Bourbonnais, Illinois, was discovered dead Tuesday in a submerged automobile in Peotone, south of Chicago. The woman apparently lost control of her automobile and ended up in a rain-filed ditch, said Peotone Fire Defense District Deputy Chief Bruce Boyle.
In eastern Nebraska, speed and slippery pavement caused a crash between a pickup and a semitrailer along Interstate 80 on Tuesday that eliminated 4 individuals from Colorado, authorities said. The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 38-year-old lady passed away and 2 other individuals were hurt in an accident on an icy highway late Monday.
In Minnesota, state authorities stated winter weather contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, consisting of 2 deadly mishaps.
The storm system extended to Texas, where weather service officials said three tornadoes struck. One struck early Tuesday in a backwoods near Joshua, damaging a minimum of two mobile houses and significantly destructive numerous others. A mom and her disabled child were hurt when one twister destroyed their mobile home.