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Sandbags used to hold back Midwest floodwaters

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CHICAGO (AP) - Sandbags are holding back floodwaters in parts of Michigan as a storm sweeps across the Midwest and Great Plans, bringing heavy rains, snow and ice.

Flood warnings are in effect Wednesday for parts of northern Illinois and northern Indiana, along with southern Wisconsin and much of Michiganís Lower Peninsula.

The National Weather Service also issued flood warnings for parts of Missouri and Texas.

In southwestern Michigan, sandbags were filled to protect homes and businesses in the village of Mattawan as the Mattawan Creek rose above its banks.

In Indiana, homes and streets were flooded in the South Bend area, and forecasters predicted the St. Joseph River wouldnít crest until Thursday.

Winter weather advisories are in effect for an area stretching from southwestern Illinois to Texas.

The weather already was blamed for several fatalities, including the deaths of four people in a crash in Nebraska.

The fear of a rising Illinois River forced the evacuation late Tuesday of the LaSalle County Nursing Home in Ottawa.

In the Chicago area, as much as 4 inches of rain fell overnight Monday into Tuesday and forecasters expected another 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 centimeters) by Tuesday evening.

Parts of Michiganís Lower Peninsula were seeing flooding and road closures. In Kalamazoo in southwestern Michigan and the surrounding area, some roads were closed Tuesday due to high water. Temperatures have warmed and the weather service said rainfall was expected to total 3 inches or more in places.

A 52-year-old Bourbonnais, Illinois, woman was found dead Tuesday in a submerged car in Peotone, south of Chicago. Peotone Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Bruce Boyle said the woman apparently lost control of her car on southbound Illinois Route 45 and ended up in a rain-filed ditch.

In eastern Nebraska, speed and slippery pavement caused a crash between a pickup truck and a semitrailer Tuesday that killed four people on Interstate 80, police said. The three men and one woman killed were from Colorado, authorities said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said a 38-year-old woman died and two other people were injured in a collision on an icy highway late Monday. In Minnesota, state police said winter weather contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spinouts, including two fatal accidents.

The storm system stretched to Texas, where weather service officials said three weaker EF0 tornadoes hit. One struck early Tuesday in a rural area near Joshua, destroying at least two mobile homes and severely damaging several others. A mother and her disabled daughter were injured when one twister demolished their mobile home.


Posted 2/21/2018




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