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.
Weather Service also issued flood warnings for parts of Missouri and Texas.
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.
advisories are in effect for an area stretching from southwestern Illinois
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.