Illinois river flooding could impact St. Louis

Illinois river flooding could impact St. Louis

Emergency crews help evacuate residents Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind. Crews are using boats to help northern in residents amid flooding from melting snow and heavy rain moving across the Midwest.

Flood advisories were in effect until at least Sunday for low-lying parts of eastern Texas northeast across the region into southern OH and in Michigan, Indiana and IL, the National Weather Service said.

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

Though the rain has stopped in some areas, several rivers are forecast to reach major flood stage in the region over the next few days, AccuWeather said.

Several states could see severe flooding and other weather-related problems amid a storm system that has brought rain, ice and snow to the Midwest and Great Plains.

City officials recommend anyone living in the possible flood areas to temporarily leave their home by noon Thursday.

A state of emergency has been declared in Lansing as hundreds of homes and businesses are expected to flood.

Flooding also hit nearby Michigan State University, where roads, parking lots, and athletic fields were covered by water from the Red Cedar River, which runs through its East Lansing campus. Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said Wednesday that about 19 people had been evacuated from homes in low-lying residential areas. Classes in several buildings were relocated, and the school put up sand-filled barriers in an attempt to curb the flooding.

"Changing conditions are affecting not only the roads but sidewalks and walkways, " he said.

In central Michigan's Fairplain Township, a year-old girl was found dead Wednesday in standing water from rain and snowmelt in her backyard. The three men and one woman killed were from Colorado, authorities said.

In Illinois, authorities issued an evacuation order Wednesday for residents in the city of Marseilles who live near the Illinois River.

And rain inundated parts of the Deep South Thursday.

Homes and streets also were flooded in the South Bend area, and forecasters predicted that the swollen St. Joseph River wouldn't crest until Thursday.

Minor to moderate flooding is expected to continue along the OH and middle to lower MS rivers over the next couple of weeks as it takes much longer for the flooding cycle to occur on the large rivers, according to AccuWeather. Temperatures have warmed and the weather service said rainfall was expected to total 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) or more in places.

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