States floods, other problems in the Midwest in the midst of the storms



National weather forecast for Wednesday, February 21

Janice Dean has your FoxCast.

MATTAWAN, Mich. – Sandbags were holding back water in parts of Michigan as a storm system moved across several Midwest and Great Plains states on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, snow and ice of the region.

The weather is already blamed for hundreds of car accidents and number of casualties, including the death of four people in a crash along a slippery interstate in Nebraska.

Melting snow and heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service for flood warnings for parts of northern Illinois and northern Indiana, as well as southern Wisconsin and Michigan, the Lower Peninsula. Flood warnings were also issued for parts of Missouri and Texas.

The driver of a car wades through a crowded street in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

(Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Flooded streets in Michigan stranded motorists and a bus of the school in Flint, while the residents in Mattawan, in the southwestern part of the state, used sand bags to protect homes and businesses as the Mattawan Creek rose above the banks.

“We are just waiting for it to go down,” Mattawan resident Terry Falter, the installation of pumps to keep water away from his house, told WOOD-TV. “It’s going to be a few days like this.”


In Illinois, the fear of the rising water along the Illinois River forced evacuation late Tuesday of the LaSalle County Nursing home in Ottawa. In Indiana, houses and streets were flooded in the South Bend area, and forecasters predict that the local St. Joseph River would not crest until Thursday.

Flood watches were issued for several states, while winter weather advisories were in effect Wednesday for an area that stretches from the southwest from Illinois to Texas, including parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansasm

A mobile home is seen destroyed after a tornado struck an area outside Joshua, about 20 miles south of Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

(Jessica Pounds/Cleburne Times-Review via AP)

The weather stretched as far south as Arkansas, where strong winds toppled power lines and damaged a number of buildings late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Two days of rain in southern Wisconsin swelled waterways, where road closures. The police and firefighters rescued people from stranded vehicles in high water Tuesday at two locations in Janesville. In western Michigan, officials said a wash-out from heavy rains may have caused two engines of a freight train to derail in the near of Grand Rapids. No injuries were reported.

Flint resident Brayden Curve 5, is located on the top of his mother’s friend’s vehicle on Robert T. Longway Boulevard in North Center Road on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Michigan.

(Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint via AP)

A 52-year-old woman from Bourbonnais, Illinois, was Tuesday found dead in a submerged car in Peotone, south of Chicago. The woman apparently lost control of her car on the south side of Illinois Route 45 and ended in a rain-submitted closed, Peotone fire protection District Deputy director Bruce Boyle said.


In the eastern part of Nebraska, the speed and the slick pavement caused a crash between a pick-up truck and trailer, Tuesday that killed four people on Interstate 80, police said. The three men and one woman who were killed, from the state of Colorado, authorities said.

High floor waters led to a number of motorists are stuck on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Michigan. High water from storm, flooding closed roads in Michigan.

(Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint via AP)

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 that the winter weather contributed to 400 crashes and 250 spin-outs, including two fatal accidents.

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

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